Dr. Shana Goffredi is an Associate Professor of Biology at Occidental College. Her research interests mainly concern beneficial symbiotic partnerships between bacteria and marine invertebrates. For 25 years, she has been exploring the deep ocean. She focuses on the physiology and biochemistry of deep-sea symbiotic systems, within the context of ecological questions and how environmental influences dramatically affect their functioning. At Occidental College, she teaches courses on Zoology, Microbial Diversity, and Symbiosis. Her B.S. is in Biology/Marine Science from the Univ. of San Diego and her Ph.D. is in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology from UC Santa Barbara.