Heather Thornton, MS

Heather Thornton, MS       

Instructor, Biology

SciTech Room 228
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: N/A
Heather Thornton, MS

I earned a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, an MS in Zoology from Clemson University, and an MEd in Higher Education from Georgia Southern University. At USCB I teach various major and non-major courses including Biological Principles I & II, Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Introduction to Environmental Biology, Ecology and Evolution, and Oceans and Society. Prior to becoming an instructor at USCB, I was an Academic Advisor and Student Success Coordinator at Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus focusing on student retention for science majors.  In addition, I taught in the Biology Department at Armstrong for three years. I was also an Aquarium Curator at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, where I had the opportunity to coordinate the Sea Turtle Nesting program.  My research interest focuses on behavioral ecology. In particular, as a graduate student I studied the evolution of mating signals and locally adaptive traits to better understand the mechanisms of divergence and speciation in Sailfin Molly fish.  

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research

MEd in High Education. Georgia Southern University 2016

MS in Zoology. Clemson University 2005

BS in Marine Biology. University of North Carolina - Wilmington 2002

  • BIOL B101 - Biological Principles I
  • BIOL B102 - Biological Principles II
  • BIOL B243 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL B244 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL B270 - Introduction to Environmental Biology
  • BIOL B270L - Introduction to Environmental Biology Lab
  • BIOL B301 - Ecology and Evolution
  • MSCI B210 - Oceans and Society
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • First Year Students