Dr. Heili Lowman

Dr. Heili Lowman is a coastal biogeochemist and environmental data scientist who specializes in organic matter and nutrient cycling at the land-ocean margin. Her research aims to further understanding of nutrient availability, sources, and sinks, with a particular focus on supporting primary production in the context of changing oceanographic and climate conditions. She has also conducted research focused on meiofaunal and microbial effects on biogeochemical fluxes in beach and marine sediment. Her current research areas include the impacts of terrestrial organic matter addition to nearshore marine systems following storm events and beach nourishment activities.


She received her B.A. in chemistry and French from Vassar College in 2012 and her Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, and marine biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2020. She joined SCCWRP in 2020.


Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2020

B.A., Chemistry and French/Francophone Studies, Vassar College, New York, 2013


Professional Experience

Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, 2020-Present

Graduate Researcher, Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research Project, Marine Science Institute, UCSB, 2015-2020

Teaching Assistant. Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UCSB, 2017-2019

Teaching Assistant, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, UCSB, 2016-2018

Research Assistant, Department of Biology, University of Iowa, 2013-2015

Research Assistant, Department of Engineering, University of Iowa, 2014

Senior Associate, Healthcare Performance Improvement, Berkeley Research Group, 2012-2014

Communications Coordinator, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, 2012

Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Vassar College, 2009-2012

Research Intern, Stroud Water Research Center, 2011

Research Intern, Department of Marine Science, Texas A&M University Galveston. 2010


Professional Appointments

Journal reviewer: Biogeochemistry, Hydrobiologia, European Journal of Phycology


Honors and Awards

President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship. UCSB. 2019-2020

Worster Research Award. EEMB, UCSB. 2018

National Science Foundation REU Award. Texas A&M University, Galveston. 2010


Selected Presentations and Conference Proceedings

2019. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference. Mobile, AL.

2019. Worster Award Symposium. UCSB. Santa Barbara, CA.

2018. Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Summer Meeting. Victoria, British Columbia.

2018. Graduate Student Teaching Symposium. UCSB. Santa Barbara, CA.

2018. EEMB Graduate Symposium. UCSB. Santa Barbara, CA.

2014. Just Sustainability Conference. Seattle University. Seattle, WA.

2012. Department of Chemistry Thesis Symposium. Vassar College. Poughkeepsie, NY.


Journal Articles

Lowman, H.E., K.A. Emery, L. Kubler-Dudgeon, J.E. Dugan, and J.M. Melack. 2019. Contribution of Macroalgal Wrack Consumers to Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen Concentrations in Intertidal Pore Waters of Sandy Beaches. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 219: 363-371.

Schroer, A.L., H.E. Lowman, and C.L. Just. 2015. Educating the Aware, Informed, and Action-oriented Sustainable Citizen. Sustainability 7(2): 1985-1999.

Aldeborgh, H., K. George, M. Howe, H. Lowman, H. Moustakas, N. Strunsky, and J.M. Tanski. 2014. Analysis of Small Molecule X-Ray Crystal Structures: Chemical Crystallography with Undergraduate Students in a Teaching Laboratory. Journal of Chemical Crystallography. 44(2): 70-81.