Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Biological Science Faculty Member

Dr. Felicia C. Coleman

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Dr. Felicia C. Coleman

Personal Website
Coleman and Koenig Laboratory

Director, FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory
Pew Marine Conservation Fellow, 2001
Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow Ph.D., Florida State University, 1991

Research and Professional Interests:

I am a marine ecologist who explores how ecologically-relevant information is incorporated into conservation and policy. Because the transfer of information from scientists to policy makers is imperfect, I strive to bridge the gap through service on national councils (e.g., Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and on National Academy of Sciences panels) to fulfill my obligation to the citizens of this country to ensure that they appreciate, understand, and support scientific endeavors.

In addition to serving as Director of the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, I am the Scientific Director of the Deep-C Consortium, funded to study the repercussions of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (

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.

Graduate Students:

Malinowski, Christopher

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