Dr. Shea joined the Collections and Research division as Curator of Mollusks in 2006. She is interested in all aspects of cephalopod biology, especially their ecology, taxonomy and systematics. As a graduate student, she studied the early life history of oceanic squids. Since her post-doc, she has shifted focus to understanding the cephalopod biodiversity of deep sea canyons and seamounts. She has worked with Canada’s Bedford Institute of Oceanography’s Ecosystems Research Division to explore and collect specimens from the Gully Marine Protected Area, and is currently participating in NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Expeditions.
In late August 2016, Dr. Shea took part in an expedition studying the Carolina Canyons off the coast of North Carolina through NOAA. She was featured in their “Before they were scientists” series and wrote “Cephalopods: Photobombing Deep-sea Corals” for the expedition’s website.
For Science Friday’s Cephalopod week in 2017, Dr. Shea was interviewed for the short film, The Giant Squid’s Biggest Mystery.