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Nicole D. Fogarty, Ph.D.

Nicole Fogarty
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Marine and Environmental Sciences
(954) 262-3630


  • 1998 (Biology) B.A. Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio
  • 2010 (Biology) Ph.D. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida Dissertation Title: Reproductive isolation and hybridization dynamics in threatened Caribbean acroporid corals
  • 2010-2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, Florida Project Title: Chemical cues for reproduction and recruitment in Caribbean corals

Area(s) of research:

My lab focuses on ecological and evolutionary questions related to the fertilization success of broadcast spawners. We are particularly interested in how density dependent mechanisms of reproduction will influence invertebrate population recovery, as well as spawning synchrony, reproductive isolation, and speciation.  Previous research projects have been conducted in the following areas: coral hybridization, pre- and postzygotic isolating mechanisms in corals, polyspermy in sea urchin and corals, clonal structure of corals, the genetics and pheromones involved in corals spawning synchrony, threatened coral demographics, exogenous hormones and pollutants on sea urchin fertilization and larval viability, coral settlement under a variety salinity regimes, natural settlement in the Dry Tortugas, coral chimeras, and the use of fluorescence in coral recruit detection.

Dr. Fogarty has obtained funding from National Science Foundation, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, Florida State Wildlife Grant, Mote Marine Laboratory Protect Our Reef Grant, Nova Southeastern University President’s Faculty Research & Development Grant, the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution's Marine Science Network, the Smithsonian Institution Walcott Endowment, the American Academy of Underwater Science, the PADI Foundation Research Scholarship, PADI Aware, the Florida State University International Dissertation Research Fellowship, the Florida State University Short Scholarship, the Florida State University Bennison Scholarship, the Florida State University Gramling Award in Marine Biology, and the Lerner-Gray Marine Research Scholarship.

PUBLICATIONS and REPORTS (ORCID # 0000-0003-3811-3791)  H-index = 9

Devlin-Durante, M.K., M.W. Miller, Caribbean Acropora Research Group (L. Carne, T.B. Smith, A. T. Banaszak, L. Greer, Adele Irwin, N.D. Fogarty), W.F. Precht, I.B. Baums. (2016). How old are you? Age estimates in a clonal animal. Molecular Ecology (online Sept. 26)

GIGA community scientists 2014. Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA): Developing Community Resources to Study Diverse Invertebrate Genomes; Journal of Heredity: 105(1):1-18.

Kirk, N.L., R.Ritson-Williams, M.A. Coffroth, M.W. Miller, N.D. Fogarty, S.R. Santos. 2013. Tracking Transmission of Apicomplexan Symbionts in Diverse Caribbean Corals. PLoS ONE. 8(11): e80618.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080618

Fogarty, N.D., M. Lowenberg, M.N. Ojima, and N. Knowlton, D.R. Levitan.2012.  Asymmetric conspecific sperm precedence in relation to spawning times in the Montastraea annularis species complex (Cnidaria: Scleractinia). The Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 2481-2488.

Fogarty, N.D. Caribbean acroporid hybrids are viable across life history stages. 2012. Caribbean acroporid coral hybrids are viable across life history stages. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 446: 145-159.

Jeffery, C.F.G., S.D. Hile, C.M. Addison, J. Ault, C. Currin, D. Field, N.D. Fogarty, J. Luo, V. McDonough, D. Morrison, G.A. Piniak, V. Ransibrahmanakul, S.G. Smith, S. Viehman. 2012. Assessment of natural resource condition in and adjacent to the Dry Tortugas National Park. Natural Resource Report NPS/DRTO/NRR: 1-178.

Fogarty, N.D., S.V. Vollmer, D.R. Levitan. 2011. Weak prezygotic isolating mechanisms in threatened Caribbean Acropora species.  PLoS ONE 7(2): e30486.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030486

Levitan, D.R., N.D. Fogarty, J. Jara, Kathleen Lotterhos, and N.Knolwton. 2011. Genetic, spatial and temporal     components to precise spawning synchrony in reef building corals of the Montastraea annularis species complex. Evolution 65 (5): 1254–1270

Fogarty, N.D. 2010.  Reproductive isolation and hybridization dynamics in threatened Caribbean acroporid corals. [dissertation] Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Greg Piniak, Shay Viehman, Christine Addison and Nicole Fogarty. 2011. Characterization of Benthic Communities. pp 31-42. In: C.F.G. Jeffrey, V.R. Leeworthy, M.E., Monaco, G. Piniak, M. Fonseca (eds.). 2010. An Integrated Biogeographic Assessment of Reef Fish Populations and Fisheries in Dry Tortugas: Effects of No-take Reserves. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 111. Prepared by the NCCOS Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Biogeography Branch. Silver Spring, MD. 147 pp.

Arnold, M.L., N.D. Fogarty. 2009. Reticulate Evolution and Marine Organisms: The Final Frontier? 2009. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 10(9): 3836-3860.

Ritson-Williams, R., S. Arnold, N.D. Fogarty, R. Steneck, M. Vermeij and V. Paul. 2009. New perspectives on ecological mechanisms affecting coral recruitment on reefs. Smithsonian Contributions to Marine Science, 38:437-457.

Levitan, D.R., C.P. terHorst, N.D. Fogarty.  2007. The risk of excess sperm in three congeneric sea urchins. Evolution. 61(8):2007-2014.

Vermeij, M.J.A., N.D. Fogarty, M.W. Miller.  2006. Pre- and post-settlement dynamics of Caribbean coral planulae in a variable planktonic environment.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 310:119-128.

Piniak, G.A, N.D. Fogarty, C.M. Addison. 2005.  Fluorescence census techniques for coral recruits. Coral Reefs 24(3): 496-500.

Fogarty, N.D. and M. Enstrom. 2002.  Sea Stewards a volunteer ecological monitoring program. Pages 27-30 in US Department of Commerce.  Sanctuary Monitoring Report 2000.  Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Marathon, Florida USA.

Fogarty, N.D., B.D. Keller, and P.B. Dye.  2001. Effects of installing flow-through culverts on canal water quality and benthic communities at Jolly Roger Estates. Final Report. The Nature Conservancy, Key West, Florida.

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