Biology & Marine Biology

Faculty & Staff


Fogarty.jpgNicole D. Fogarty, Assistant Professor

Ph.D: Biology- Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2010
B.A.: Biology- Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, 1998
CMS 2336| (910)962-3397| Center for Marine Science
5600 Marvin K. Moss Ln, Wilmington, NC 28409
Laboratory: CMS 2303|(910) 962-0541|  


Research Interest:

With the worldwide decline of coral reefs, it is crucial to understand how reduced coral densities from local and global stressors influence coral reproductive success and the resilience of this ecosystem.  My lab uses a multidisciplinary approach of fieldwork, laboratory experiments, and molecular biology to better understand the anthropogenic stressors driving coral mortality.  Our goal is apply this research to coral conservation, restoration, and management efforts. Our three main areas of study are (1) coral hybridization and speciation, (2) the effect of anthropogenic stressors on coral reef organisms, and (3) marine invertebrate fertilization and larval ecology.   

Selected publications

Kitchen, S.A., G. Von Kuster, K.L. Vasquez Kuntz. H.G. Reich, W. Miller, S. Griffin, N.D. Fogarty, I.B. Baums. 2020. STAGdb: a 30K SNP genotyping array and Science Gateway for Acropora corals and their dinoflagellate symbionts, Scientific Reports, 10:12488.

Pitts, K.A.*, J.E. Campbell, J. Figueiredo, N.D. Fogarty (2020). Ocean acidification partially mitigates the negative effects of ocean warming during the early life history stages of the coral, Orbicella faveolata: Coral Reefs, 39(2):281-292. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-019-01888-4

Fogarty, N.D. and K.L. Marhaver. 2019.  Coral spawning, unsynchronized. A breakdown in coral spawning synchrony may threaten coral reef recovery. Science, 365(6457): 987-988.

Kitchen, S.A., A. Ratan, O.C. Bedoya-Reina, R. Burhans, N.D. Fogarty, W. Miller, I.B. Baums. 2019. Genomic variants among threatened Acroporacorals. G3: Genes/Genomes/Genetics, 9:1-14.

Lenz, B.*, N.D. Fogarty, J. Figueiredo. 2019. Effects of ocean warming and acidification on fertilization success and early larval development in the green sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. Marine Pollution Bulletin,

O’ Cain*, E.D., M.E., Frischer, J.S. Harrison, N.D. Fogarty, R. Ruzicka, and D.F. Gleason. 2019. Development of a molecular assay for Caribbean coral identification. Coral Reefs, 38(1):79-92.

Ross, C., N.D. Fogarty, R. Ritson-Williams, V.J. Paul. 2017. Interspecific variation in coral settlement and fertilization success in response to hydrogen peroxide exposure. Biological Bulletin. 233(3):206-218.

Devlin-Durante, M.K., M.W. Miller, Caribbean Acropora Research Group, W.F. Precht, I.B. Baums. 2016. How old are you? Age estimates in a clonal animal. Molecular Ecology, 25(22): 5628-5646.

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.

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, K. 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.

Arnold, M.L., N.D. Fogarty. 2009. Reticulate Evolution and Marine Organisms: The Final Frontier? 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. Pelagic conditions affect larval behavior, survival, and settlement patterns in Caribbean coral Montastraea faveolata.  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.

Note: * denotes graduate student author

For more information on the Coral REEF lab, see Dr. Fogarty’s webpage (