Claire Hudson

Claire Hudson
  • Undergraduate Faculty
  • Graduate Faculty


Coordinator, Coastal Studies Program

Hodson Science and Technology Center, Room 308F


I am an instructor in the biology department and coordinator of the semester-long interdisciplinary Coastal Studies Program. 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.

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.


  • M.S., Hood College, environmental biology
  • B.S., Victoria University, New Zealand, marine biology