Heidi Auman

Adjunct Lecturer

Institute of Antarctic and Marine Science

University of Tasmania


Dr. Heidi Auman has studied human impacts on seabirds for most of the past thirty years. A pioneer on the research of plastic ingestion, she lived on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in 1993–2000, studying the effects of marine debris and contaminants on Laysan albatross. Heidi has also explored plastic ingestion in subantarctic and Tasmanian seabirds, chemical pollutants in Great Lakes birds, and the effects of junk food on urban gulls. She has demonstrated that our ecological footprint has reached the farthest corners of the earth, often with disturbing consequences. Heidi is also the author of the children’s book Garbage Guts.