Directories - Faculty

Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Biological Science Faculty Member

Dr. Sophie J. McCoy

  • Office: 4060 King Life Sciences
  • Office: (850) 644-1549
  • Lab: Coastal and Marine Lab Room 11
  • Lab: (850) 697-4099
  • Fax: (850) 645-8447
  • Mail code: 4295
  • E-mail: mccoy@bio.fsu.edu
Dr. Sophie J. McCoy

McCoy Lab Page

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. The University of Chicago, 2014.
Graduate Faculty Status

Marine Lab Office: Coastal and Marine Lab, Room 111


Research and Professional Interests:


I am a community ecologist with broad interests in ecology, evolution, physiology, and environmental chemistry.  My research focuses on macroalgal populations, intertidal communities, and links between biology, environmental conditions and water chemistry.  I use a combination of field and laboratory methods to understand natural variability in marine populations, responses of species and communities to climate change and pollution.

Selected Publications:

McCoy, SJ and S Widdicombe (2019) Thermal plasticity is independent of environmental history in an intertidal seaweed.  In press, Ecology and Evolution.

Cissell, EC
JC Manning and SJ McCoy (2019) Consumption of proliferating cyanobacterial mats on Caribbean reefs. Scientific Reports, 9:12693.

McCoy, SJ, A Stanillán-Sarmiento, MT Brown, S Widdicombe and GA Wheeler (2019) Photosynthetic responses of turf-forming red macroalgae to high-CO2 conditions. In press, Journal of Phycology

McCoy, SJ and NA Kamenos (2018) Coralline algal skeletal mineralogy affects grazer impacts.  Global Change Biology, 24(10): 4775-4783. 

McCoy, SJ, NA Kamenos, P Chung, JT Wootton, CA Pfister (2018) Altered crystal mineralogy in the California
mussel on decadal and centennial scales in a changing ocean.  Global Change Biology, 24(6): 2554-2562. 

McCoy, SJ
, S Allesina and CA Pfister (2016) Ocean acidification affects competition for space: projections of community structure using cellular automata, Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 283: 20152561.

McCoy, SJ and NA Kamenos (2015) Coralline algae in a changing world: integrating ecological, physiological, and geochemical responses to global change. Journal of Phycolog, 51(1): 6-24.  

McCoy, SJ and F Ragazzola (2014) Skeletal trade-offs in response to ocean acidification, Nature Climate Change, 4: 719-723.

McCoy, SJ and CA Pfister (2014) Historical comparisons reveal altered competitive interactions in a guild of crustose coralline algae, Ecology Letters, 17: 475-483.


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