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Dr. Karla Heidelberg Joins the NSF Antarctic Sciences Section

August 12, 2019

Dr. Karla Heidelberg has joined OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section as Program Director for the Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (AOE) Program. Heidelberg has a broad marine science background and is currently a Professor of Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California (USC): She is also Director of the USC Program in Environmental Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Marine-Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland in 1999.

Heidelberg recently received the California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition for Educational Initiatives benefiting underserved populations.

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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