Amanda Demopoulos headshot photo

Amanda Demopoulos

Research Benthic Ecologist
United States Geological Survey

Amanda Demopoulos is a Research Benthic Ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Southeast Ecological Science Center in Gainesville, Florida. Her work examines the community structure and function of animals found in sediments, or infaunal benthos.  After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography,  Amanda obtained her current position at USGS, where she conducts research on the community ecology of coastal wetlands, seagrass habitats, shallow and deep-sea coral reefs, and seeps. On this cruise, she will be sampling the benthos using cores deployed by the remotely operated vehicle to characterize benthic invertebrates associated with deep-sea corals.

Amanda Demopoulos received a Oceanography from the University of Washington (1996), and M.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2004) in Biological Oceanography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

"Ever since I was a kid, I have been thrilled about exploring the ocean and its environs and always look forward to the next adventure and the discoveries that await us." 


Amanda participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions:

Selected Publications


Auscavitch, S. R., Lunden, J. J., Barkman, A., Quattrini, A. M., Demopoulos, A. W. J., & Cordes, E. E. (2020). Distribution of scleractinian corals and stylasterid hydrocorals across abiotic environmental gradients on three seamounts in the Anegada Passage. PeerJ