SRI Staff and Researchers


Heather Cifuentes, outreach director

Heather grew up spending summer vacations at the Jersey shore. While only in the third grade, she already knew she wanted to be a marine biologist. In 1996, Heather graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology.

She has had the opportunity to work with the U.S. government tagging sea turtles, served as both as an educator for the Adventure Aquarium and as a field guide for the NJ Marine Sciences Consortium in Sandy Hook.

Heather leads our education outreach, coordinating SRI field events for schools and scout troops, including the summer fossil shark tooth hunts. She is also studying juvenile white sharks of the NY/NJ bight and continuing research into their nursery.