401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Box: UTampa, FL 33606
Building Location: CB 145
1990 Smith College, B.A.1997 Tufts University, Ph.D.
Biological UnityMarine EcologyMarine Biology Introduction to Experimental Design and BiostatisticsSenior SeminarGatewaysCoral Reefs (Honors course, taught in alternating years by Kevin Beach)
Heather Masonjones is a marine biologist specializing in behavioral ecology and reproductive physiology of seahorses and related fish species. Her research focuses on the evolution and diversification of male parental care in fishes, sexual selection and reproductive behavior of fish, and the ecology and distribution of syngnathid fishes (seahorses and pipefishes) in Tampa Bay, the Florida Keys and the Bahamas.
Other research interests include studying the diversity and abundance of reef fishes throughout the Bahamian Island chain.
Masonjones includes many undergraduates in her field and laboratory research, both locally and on research projects abroad.
Heather Masonjones is a member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, the Animal Behavior Society, the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, and the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society.