Dr. Amanda Demopoulos is a Research Benthic Ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Gainesville, Florida. She received a B.S.in Oceanography from the University of Washington, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, she obtained her current position at USGS, where she conducts research on the community ecology of coastal wetlands, shallow and deep-sea coral reefs, and seeps. She has been conducting benthic ecological studies for over 20 years, examining the community structure and function of animals found in sediments, or infaunal benthos, and characterizing energy flow (food) through different environments. To date, she has participated in 34 offshore expeditions, and dived in submersibles 11 times, plus worked with several other deep-sea ROVs and AUVs. For this project, she serves as the project chief for the USGS team scientists, helping coordinate the USGS research with the TDI Brooks team, BOEM, and NOAA. Her specific research will focus on examining the community ecology and food webs within and among seeps, corals, and canyon environments.