Marine Biology and Ecology

Department Faculty

Joseph Serafy

Research Professor & Editor, Bulletin of Marine Science

(305) 361-4255
Grosvenor South
4600 Rickenbacker Cswy
Room 219

My current research has three foci:

  1.  Examining the role of the seagrass-mangrove-reef complex in the ontogeny of     economically-valuable coral reef fishes (i.e., groupers, snappers, grunts, great barracuda);
  2.  Developing methods for, and assessing the effectiveness of, ecosystem restoration;
  3.  Furthering knowledge of the early life history, movement and conservation of pelagic fishes.

Elizabeth A Babcock


(305) 421-4852
Position and Research Expertise Beth Babcock is a Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She is an expert on fish population dynamics, quantitative ecology and fisheries management. Teaching and Mentoring Babcock teaches graduate course on...

Andrew Baker


(305) 421-4642
Professor Andrew Baker is a marine biologist whose research focuses on coral reefs and climate change. He directs the Coral Reef Futures Lab at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, focusing on the development and testing of methods to increase coral reef resilience. He also leads a new...

Lydia Jeanne Baker


Lydia Jeanne Baker is a Lecturer of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She serves as the track coordinator for students in the Masters of Professional Science (MPS) Tropical Marine Ecology (TME) program. Her research uses a combination...

Daniel Domingues Benetti

Director of Aquaculture

(305) 421-4889
Besides my academic and research credentials, I have extensive international professional experience, having worked, consulted, and established research, commercial and educational programs and projects for the private and government sectors in > 20 countries throughout 5 continents over the last 30 years. Expertise in obtaining funding,...

Larry E. Brand


(305) 421-4138
Physiology, ecology and evolution of phytoplankton

William E Browne

Associate Professor

(305) 284-3319
Research in my lab is focused on investigating patterns of change underlying animal diversity.  We employ a wide range of experimental approaches to explore the molecular genetic relationship between genotype and phenotype from both developmental and evolutionary perspectives. Current work in the lab primarily use cultures of the lobate...

Maria C. Cartolano


(305) 284-6212
Maria Cartolano is a Lecturer of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She serves as the co-track coordinator for students in the Marine Mammal Science (MMS) track of the Masters of Professional Science (MPS) program. Her research interests include...

Douglas L Crawford


(305) 421-4121
My academic interests are to understand the basic properties of adaptation (e.g., the importance of standing genetic variation, are many of loci involved in adaptation, are there conserved pathways to resolve specific selective pressures,etc.).  Knowing this information provides insights into human health and diseases and how organisms...

Evan K D'Alessandro

Senior Lecturer
Director, Master of Professional Science Program

(305) 421-4848
Dr. Evan K. D’Alessandro is a lecturer and the director of the Master of Professional Science degree at the University of Miami. His area of expertise is coral reef fish ecology, particularly early life stages, but his research extends into many aspects of marine fish ecology. These include the ecology of mangrove associated fishes,...

David J Die

Research Assoc. Professor

(305) 421-4607
Research Expertise Professor Die has worked for 30 years on research devoted to the assessment and management of worldwide fisheries and his research has been instrumental in the development of major management changes to promote sustainability. He has current collaborative research links with scientists in scientific institutions all around the...

Lynne A. Fieber


(305) 421-4906
Lynne Fieber is Professor in the Department of Marine Biology & Ecology. She studies the nervous system of marine animal models using behavioral, electrophysiological, and molecular techniques.

Martin Grosell


(305) 421-4623
Martin Grosell, PhD is the lead PI and director of the GoMRI funded research consortium RECOVER ( Dr. Grosell is a Maytag professor of ichthyology with specialty in environmental physiology and toxicology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) in the...

Rachael M. Heuer

Research Asst. Professor

(305) 421-4004
Dr. Rachael Heuer is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Biology and Ecology. She studies the impacts of climate change stressors (ocean acidification and temperature) and crude oil on the physiology of marine fish and invertebrates.  

Erin Kobetz


(305) 243-6185
Dr. Erin Kobetz is Vice Provost for Research and Tenured Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Additionally, she is Associate Director of Population Science and Cancer Disparities at UM’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer...

Chris Langdon


(305) 421-4614
Langdon studies the biology and ecology of corals with an emphasis on their responses to ocean warming and acidification. Courses taught include MSC 232 Marine Biology Lab, MSC409 Climate Change: Limits of Marine Invertebrate Adaptability, MBE 615 Tropical Marine Ecology, and MBE 621 Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical...

Diego Lirman

Assoc. Professor

(305) 421-4168
Diego Lirman currently works at the Department of Marine Biology & Ecology, University of Miami. Diego does research in Phycology, Marine Biology and Ecology. Their current project is 'Rescue A Reef Citizen Science Program.

Kevin McCracken

Assoc. Professor

(305) 284-9058

M Danielle McDonald

Associate Dean of Research

(305) 421-4856
Danielle McDonald is a Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). She is an expert in fish physiology and behavior with a focus on how physiology and behavior may change during times of environmental stress such as social stress, pollution...

John W McManus


(305) 421-4814
John W. McManus, PhD. is a Professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries at the Rosenstiel School of the University of Miami. In 2007, he chaired the Five-Year Review of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, which led to major changes in its structure and activities. As the former Leader of the Aquatic Environments Program of the WorldFish...

Liza Merly

Senior Lecturer

(305) 284-3629
Liza Merly is a senior lecturer of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.  She is interested in comparative immunology and marine biomedicine using diverse animal models.  She is interested in the use of the shark as a model for the evolution of the...

Mohammad Moniruzzaman

Asst. Professor

Mohammad ‘Monir’ Moniruzzaman is an Assistant Professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Monir’s research interest is focused on the molecular and eco-evolutionary aspects of virus-host interactions using both experimental and computational biology approaches.

Vivek Nagendra Prakash

Asst. Professor

(305) 284-7121
The Prakash Lab at the University of Miami is a multidisciplinary Organismal Biomechanics Lab, working at the interface of Physics, Engineering and Biology. Our work is driven by a sense of curiosity, fascination and discovery. Organismal behavior results from emergent properties of a large number of physical and biological processes occurring...

Marjorie F Oleksiak


(305) 421-4341
Margie Oleksiak is a Professor in the Department of Marine Biology and Ecology.  Her research focuses on the importance of biological variation and how populations adapt to environmental change.

Peter B. Ortner

Research Professor

(305) 421-4619
Physical regulation of biological systems; coastal zone management, ecosystem restoration, and fisheries management science and policy; coastal ecosystem effects of hurricane landfall; coastal ecosystem implications of regional and global climate change and climate variability; trophic relationships in marine plankton communities; phytoplankton...

Jill L Richardson

Senior Lecturer

(305) 421-4340
Jill Richardson began working as a scientist in the marine environment over 13 years ago in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where she assessed the sustainability of local lobster harvesting. This is where her passion for other cultures and the development of resource management programs began. Her marine science adventures culminated in a Bachelor...

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