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Claire Hudson


Claire Hudson

Coastal Studies Semester Coordinator Tel: 301-696-3318 Email: Office: Hodson Science and Technology Center, Room 308F Office Hours: By Appointment



M.S., Hood College B.S., Victoria University, NZ

Courses Taught

ESHN 210 Coastal Oceanography ENSP 370 Research Practicum ENSP 101 Environmental Problems BIO 119 Biology of Marine Organisms ENV 508 Tropical Marine Ecology


I am an instructor in the biology department and coordinator of the semester-long interdisciplinary Coastal Studies Program. I earned a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Victoria University in New Zealand, and in 2007 earned my master’s degree in environmental biology from Hood College. In 2008 I co-founded the non-profit organization, The Society for Ocean Sciences. I have a passion for aquatic organisms both in the marine and freshwater environments and am involved in student research and citizen science projects within the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies. In addition, each summer, I spend some time in the Caribbean leading student and teacher groups to learn about the natural history of marine organisms.

Research and Teaching Interests

My training includes expertise in the biology and ecology of marine invertebrates, freshwater ecosystems and herbaceous plants. My current research interests include the investigation and analysis of cyanotoxins found in cyanobacteria, algae and throughout the food chain of aquatic organisms.  I enjoy teaching subjects related to the natural world and marine environment, I especially enjoy teaching in the field. My passion for the natural world is not limited to the aquatic environment, I love to explore the woods and have a passion for plants and how humans interact with them. Ethnobotany is a subject of much fascination and as a result, I spend my spare time working with medicinal herbs. I enjoy organic gardening, hiking and exploring nature with my two young boys.

Presentations & Publications

Ferrier M.D & Hudson C.L.   The Potomac River.  In: Howarth, R. W. (ed). Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia.  Salam Press: Pasadena, CA.  (Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia.  Salam Press: Pasadena, CA.  ISBN: 978-1-4298-3813-9). Hudson C. 2016. Trout Ecology and Feeding Behavior. Annual Trout in the Classroom Teacher Workshop, November 2016, Frederick, MD Hudson C. 2016. Trout Ecology and Feeding Behavior. Annual Trout in the Classroom Teacher Workshop, October 2016, Columbia, MD Zinnert H., K. Sellner, D. Ferrier, J. Matheiss, S. Simonson, C. Hudson and J. Cornwell   2016. Lake Linganore water quality and potential for harmful algal blooms.  Annual Maryland Water Monitoring Council Conference, December, 2016, Linthicum, MD Hudson C. 2015. Brook Trout Ecology and Feeding Behavior. Master Naturalists Training, November 2015, Frederick, MD Eckard, S., A. Kozlosky, D. Ferrier, and C. Hudson.   2015.   Indicators of fecal contaminants in publicly accessible Frederick County streams.  Annual Maryland Water Monitoring Council Conference, November, 2015, Linthicum, MD McAvoy, A., C. Hudson, and D.  Ferrier.   2015.   Allelopathy in wetland plants: a potential solution to reducing algal growth.   Chesapeake Watershed Forum, September 2015, Shepherdstown, WV.