Research Interests:Susanne J. Lockhart first began her interest in marine invertebrate life of the Antarctic region in 1989 when she began volunteering at the Museum of Victoria. Susanne pursued her interest in marine, particularly Antarctic, fauna and received her B. Sc degree (1994) with First Class Honours (1995) at the University of Tasmania, Australia, upon completion of their course “Freshwater, Marine and Antarctic Biology”. The love of Antactic marine invertebrate fauna continued and culminated in receiving her PhD in Oceanography at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2006 with her dissertation titled “Molecular evolution, phylogenetics and parasitism in Antarctic cidaroids. She first began contracting for the U.S. AMLR program in 2003 and is looking forward to her 7th expedition to Antarctica in March 2012. Her research interests include: Antarctic marine benthic ecology, Detection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems, Antarctic invertebrate molecular evolution, and Phylogeography/phylogenetics.