Dr. Felicia C. Coleman
Coleman and Koenig Laboratory
Director, FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory
Pew Marine Conservation Fellow, 2001
Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow, 2000 Ph.D., Florida State University, 1991
Research and Professional Interests:
My research focus is marine ecology, particularly as it relates to reef fishes and their interactions with other species in their community and their habitat.
This research, plus my long-standing interest in conservation, led me to question how (or whether) such ecologically relevant information for an exploited species was incorporated into its management and reflected in governmental policy. What I have found over the years is that in many cases, the information is not properly transferred from scientists to policy makers and the general public. I have spent a number of years working to bridge this gap where it relates to management of marine resources. In this work, I have been fortunate to serve on a number of committees and councils whose charges involve conservation of marine resources. Among these are the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (1996-1999), The National Marine Fisheries Service Ecosystem Management Advisory Panel (1997-1998), The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Ecosystem Advisory Panel (2004-2010), The Tortugas 2000 Marine Reserve Working Group (1998-1999), and Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. It is my view that scientists — most of whom are funded by state and federal agencies — have an obligation to the citizens of this country to ensure that they appreciate, understand, and support scientific endeavors.Selected Publications:
Dayton, P. K., S. Thrush, and F. C. Coleman. 2002. Ecological effects of fishing in marine ecosystems of the United States. Pew Oceans Commission, Arlington, Virginia. 45 pp.
Coleman, F. C., W. F. Figueira, J. S. Ueland, and L. B. Crowder. 2004. The impact of U.S. recreational fisheries on marine fish populations. Science 305: 1958-1960.
Coleman, FC, WF Figueira, J. S. Ueland, and L. B. Crowder. 2005. The recreational fisher's perspective - Response. Science 307:1561-1561.
Coleman, FC, W. F. Figueira, J. S. Ueland, and L. B. Crowder. 2005. Global impact of recreational fisheries - Response. Science 307:1562-1563.
Smith, MD, J. Zhang, and FC Coleman. 2006. Effectiveness of Marine Reserves for Large-Scale Fisheries Management. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 63:153-164s.
Koenig, CC, FC Coleman, AM Eklund, J. Schull, J. Ueland. 2007. Mangroves as essential nursery habitat for goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara). Bulletin of Marine Science 80(3):567-586.
Coleman, FC, CC Koenig, K. Scanlon, S. Heppell, S. Heppell, and M. W. Miller. 2010. Benthic habitat modification through excavation by red grouper Epinephelus morio (Valenciennes) in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. The Open Fish Science Journal 3:1-15.
Coleman, FC, CC Koenig. 2010. The Effects of Fishing, Climate Change, and Other Anthropogenic Disturbances on Red Grouper and Other Reef Fishes in the Gulf of Mexicos. Integrative and Comparative Biology 50:201-212
Coleman, FC, LE Petes. 2010. Getting Into Hot Water: Ecological Effects of Climate Change in Marine Environments. Southeastern Environmental Law Journal 17.2:337-357.
Koenig, CC, FC Coleman, K Kingon. 2011. Pattern of recovery of the goliath grouper Epinephelus itajara population in the southeastern US. Bulletin of Marine Science 87:891-911.
Coleman, FC, KC Scanlon, CC Koenig,. 2011. Groupers on the Edge: Shelf Edge Spawning Habitat in and Around Marine Reserves of the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. The Professional Geographer, 63(4) 2011:1-19.
Nelson, J, R Wilson, F Coleman, C Koenig, D DeVries, C Gardner, J Chanton. 2012. Flux by fin: fish-mediated carbon and nutrient flux in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Mar Biol (2012) 159:365-372
Peterson, C. H., F. C. Coleman, J. B. C. Jackson, R. E. Turner, G. T. Rowe et al. 2011. A Once and Future Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem: Restoration Recommendations of an Expert Working Group. 112pp. The Pew Charitable Trust, Washington, D. C.
Auster, P.J., J.A. Estes and F.C. Coleman. 2013. Species interactions in marine communities: the invisible fabric of nature. Bulletin of Marine Science 89:3-9.