Anne GoodwinDr. Anne Goodwin

Associate Professor, Biology


Research/Creative Interests

Sea anemones are predators that use fishhook-like structures and tentacles to guide food to their mouths. Other sources of nutrition are also available to these animals, however. Sea anemones, like corals, can host cyanobacteria and single-celled animals called dinoflagellates that generate sugars using photosynthesis. Bacteria within the tissue may also make antibiotic chemicals that protect the sea anemones from pathogenic bacteria. Students in my lab are working to identify and explore the properties of these symbiotic organisms in two sea anemones: Aiptasia pallida and Diadumene lineata.


Bullard SG, MR Carman, RM Rocha, JA Dijkstra and AM Goodwin. 2011. Abundance and diversity of ascidians in the southern Gulf of Chiriquí, Pacific Panama. Aquatic Invasions 6: 381–390

Goodwin AM. 2007. Use of Renilla bioluminescence to illustrate nervous function. in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, vol. 28 (MA O'Donnell, ed.) Proceedings of the 28th Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), p. 183-192.

Talks and Presentations

Goodwin A, Wiles G, Sumy D, Billetz A. Bacterial populations in the sea anemone Aiptasia pallida, Benthic Ecology Meeting, Quebec, QC, Canada, March 2015.

Goodwin A, Piatczyk, N, Banta L. Friends, foes or bystanders? Bacterial populations in the sea anemone Aiptasia pallida. Benthic Ecology Meeting. Wilmington, NC, 2010.


Contact Information

Office: CSI 209B




Ph.D., Harvard University, 2004

B.A., Albion College, 1995


Courses Taught

BIOL 245: Zoology

BIOL 250: Nutrition

BIOL 310: Animal Physiology

BIOL 330: Biology Seminar

BIOL 324: Marine Biology

BIOL 342: Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL 424: Field Study in Marine Biology