Students may choose to work with any Department of Biological Science faculty. With permission from the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, students may also work with Affiliated Faculty from FSU's Coastal and Marine Laboratory.
Evolutionary ecology and population dynamics of marine invertebrates.
W. Ross Ellington
Physiological and biochemical adaptations of marine invertebrates.
Don R. Levitan
Evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates; population biology.
Sophie J. McCoy
Macroalgal populations, intertidal communities, and links between biology, environmental conditions and water chemistry.
Sandra Brooke (Coastal and Marine Laboratory)
Shallow to deep sea invertebrate ecology
Felicia Coleman (Coastal and Marine Laboratory)
Reef fish ecologist
Chip Cotton (Coastal and Marine Laboratory)
Fisheries Ecologist. Study of age, growth and reproduction in marine fishes.
Dean Grubbs (Coastal and Marine Laboratory)
Chris Koenig (Coastal and Marine Laboratory)
Reef fish ecologist
Marine biological research in the Department of Biological Science has three main foci: (1) the use of marine organisms as effective models for investigating basic processes relating to neurobiology, cellular & subcellular mechanisms, behavior, and ecology; (2) the identification of morphological, physiological, behavioral, and evolutionary adaptations of living organisms to the unique milieu of the marine environment; (3) the assessment of mechanisms underlying the operation of marine populations and communities as they pertain to fisheries and other living marine resources. The investigators draw upon the running seawater facilities of the nearby FSU Marine Laboratory, featuring access to diverse organisms and habitats of a pristine, undeveloped coastline. Complementary expertise stems from participation in biannual international conferences in addition to interactions with colleagues in the Department of Oceanography and the National Marine Fisheries Service and visiting researchers hosted by the William and Lenore Mote Eminent Scholar Chair in Fisheries Ecology.