Richard W. Heard

Richard W. Heard, Ph.D.

Professor - Head, Invertebrate Zoology Section,
Division of Coastal Sciences

(228) 872-4217

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564


Richard Heard has authored or co-authored more than160 publications dealing with marine invertebrates and fishes, including the descriptions of a new family, several new genera, and a variety of new species of stomatopods, mysids, cumaceans, tanaidaceans, isopods, amphipods, and decapods, and digenean and epicaridean parasites. Over the past 35 years he has been involved with the identification of invertebrates collected from the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and Atlantic coasts of the southeastern United States in conjunction with several large regional studies conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Mineral Management Service (MMS), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (EMAP for Louisiana and West Indian Provinces). He has published or worked on the invertebrate fauna of Hawaii, Antarctica, Arctic Ocean, Central America, South America, Bermuda, and Caribbean Sea. Dr. Heard and his students have been involved in ecological studies and publications on sand beach, grass bed, and tidal march ecology, as well as, studies on the feeding habits of estuarine and marine fishes. He has also worked and published parasites of crustacea and on the life cycles of platyhelminth parasites, primarily digeneans.