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Marine biology professor Tammi Richardson wins top teaching award – UofSC News & Events

SchoolsMarine biology professor Tammi Richardson wins top teaching award - UofSC News & Events



Tammi Richardson jokes that she fell in love with phytoplankton as an undergraduate
— captivated by the gorgeous shapes and striking colors— but it took a long time to
make the tiny organisms her life’s work.

Along the way to becoming a marine biologist, she worked in a clothing store and a
research lab, spent a summer as a marine parasitologist and even spent one semester
pursuing an MBA. But she found her way back to the marine science field that captured
her imagination as a college student in her native Canada. After earning her bachelor’s
degree in biology, she eventually went on to earn her master’s and doctoral degrees.
There have been stops along the Canadian coast, Northern Ireland, North Carolina and
Texas.

In January 2005, she arrived at the University of South Carolina, where she now is
a professor and chair of the biology department, with a joint appointment in Biological
Sciences and the School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Her research lab studies
phytoplankton, the microscopic algae that give the ocean its greenish color and that
remove carbon dioxide from the ocean during photosynthesis.

And this year she was honored with the university’s top teaching award – the Michael
J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year.  

The circuitous route of her…

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