Heidi Yeh
Heidi Yeh
Doctoral Candidate (Bushek)
(856) 785-0074
Mailing Address:
  Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
  6959 Miller Avenue
  Port Norris, NJ  08349 USA


B.A. 2014 Barnard College of Columbia University, Environmental Science
M.S. 2018 University of Connecticut - Avery Point, Oceanography
Ph.D. expected 2022 Rutgers University, Oceanography

Research Interests

I am interested in the ways that the oyster microbiome potentially contributes to disease-resistance and affects nutrient-cycling in estuaries. Employing microbiome-aware techniques in oyster aquaculture processes might improve oyster survival and product shelf-life. Oysters are often consumed whole and raw, so the health of the microbiome is particularly consequential to the humans that consume them. I intend to primarily employ next-generation sequencing techniques and other molecular tools to study the impact of various aquaculture processes on the microbial community housed within the oyster.

Current Research Project

I am investigating disease impact on the microbiome of oysters, with a specific focus on their place in the nitrogen cycle, using metabarcoding and functional gene analysis of wild oyster populations in the Delaware Estuary.

Recent and Selected Publications

Bucklin, A., H. D. Yeh, J. M. Questel, D. E. Richardson, B. Reese, N. J. Copley, & P. H. Wiebe. (2019). Time-series metabarcoding analysis of zooplankton diversity of the NW Atlantic continental shelf. ICES Journal of Marine Science, fsz021. DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsz021

Yeh, H. D., J. M. Questel, K. R. Maas, A. Bucklin. (2018). Metabarcoding Analysis of Prey and Microbiota Composition of the Copepod Calanus finmarchicus in the North Atlantic Ocean. Master's Theses. 1257.

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