Dr. Lucy Vlietstra
Associate Professor of Science
Dr. Lucy Vlietstra’s current research focuses on environmental considerations in offshore wind energy development, food web dynamics involving seabirds in the southeastern Bering Sea, and the foraging ecology of piscivorous waterbirds overwintering on the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Dr. Vlietstra served as a post-doctoral teaching fellow at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy before accepting a faculty position at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Four years later, she returned to the faculty of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Science, teaching courses in Marine Ecology, Marine Biology, and Atmospheric and Marine Science. In addition to teaching and advising cadets, she conducts highly collaborative research in the field of marine ecology and conservation.
Dr. Vlietstra completed her Ph.D. at the University of California-Irvine in 2003, specializing in marine ecology.