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Dr. Sophie McCoy

Assistant Professor

I am a community ecologist with broad interests in ecology, evolution, physiology, and environmental chemistry.  My research focuses on primary producers, and links between ecophysiology, environmental conditions and water chemistry.  

I use a combination of field and laboratory methods to study natural variability in populations, responses of individuals, species, and communities to climate change and pollution, and feedbacks between biology and water chemistry

Read more about specific projects here.

email: mccoy(at)bio.fsu.edu  

office: King 4060

phone: (850) 644-1549​


office: Coastal & Marine Lab Admin Bldg 111

phone: (850) 697-4099

lab:  Coastal & Marine Lab 11

Ethan Cissell

PhD Student

I am interested in trophic interactions in complex microbial communities, especially top-down controls. My research explores how the relative influence and identity of top-down forces are altered by global change. For my dissertation, I am exploring how altered interactions between bacteriophages and bacteria influence the growth and persistence of cyanobacterial mat communities.


email: ecissell(at)bio.fsu.edu  

Josh Manning

PhD Student

Parrotfishes are extremely important herbivores and bioeroders on coral reefs. My current PhD dissertation research focuses on the role of parrotfish behaviors in determining spatial patterns in benthic community structure and bioerosion on the fringing coral reefs of Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean.

email: jcm17e(at)my.fsu.edu  

Abigail Engleman

PhD Student, Co-advised with Sandra Brooke (CML)

I am a Ph.D. student interested in alleviating anthropogenic damage to coral reef ecosystems. My research is particularly focused on reestablishing ecosystem function, which is lost when coral is broken or killed. Through 3D printing Artificial Settlement Modules, I hope to restore structural complexity to reef ecosystems, improve coral larvae settlement, and thus improve ecosystem function on physically disturbed reefs. 

email: aengleman(at)bio.fsu.edu  

Abigail Baker

DIS Undergraduate Student

I am currently a sophomore studying Environmental Science with a focus in Biology. My overall goal is to help reduce human impact on the health of marine ecosystems. In the lab, I will be working on analysis of crystalline structures of oyster shells that are harvested by aquaculture.


Joh'Nyra Bryant

Undergraduate Student

I am a graduating senior that aspires to become a Physician Assistant. Aside from medicine, I have always had a passion for the sciences and helping out Joshua Manning with his research allows me to do something that I enjoy. I honestly regret not getting into research sooner, but I am beyond grateful for the opportunity!


Maria De Jesus


DIS Undergraduate Student

I am currently a junior studying Biology with a focus in the plant sciences. I am focused on the relationships between water conditions and seagrass health. 


Samina Fuller


Undergraduate Student

I am currently a senior majoring in Environmental Science & Policy with a minor in Biological Sciences. I seek to better understand the biotic and abiotic mechanisms of marine biodiversity, and the delicate intricacy with which various Earth systems are interconnected, within the context of an environmental revolution. I hope to make scientific information more accessible, to bring the magnitude of the climate crisis to the forefront of political initiatives, to better inform conservation efforts, and to reveal how these changes are affecting the most vulnerable populations of people.

Jess Henson


Undergraduate Student

I am a Sophomore majoring in Biochemistry. After graduating FSU, I plan on attending a Pharmacy school to become a Pharmacist. I am involved in Florida State’s Undergraduate Research Program, and have an interest in Marine Biology research. I am currently aiding in the research of the role of Parrotfish behavior in coral reef communities. This relates to my interests of marine biology by exploring the aquatic side of science.

Lena Kury


UROP Undergraduate Student

I am a freshman majoring in Biology with a focus in marine biology. I am interested in studying coral reefs and other marine life and how they interact in the ecosystem.

Joining the laboratory


I am looking for motivated and curious scholars with an interest in linking organism physiology to community ecology and function.  

Please visit the Opportunities & Expectations page to learn more.

Lab alumni

Graduate Students

Kirsten Seal, MSc Applied Marine Science '15,

Plymouth University

Elizabeth Elliot, MSc Environmental Consultancy '15,

Plymouth University


Penelope Ales, BA Biological Science '17, Lab Tech, FSU

Anthony Sogluizzo, Lab Tech, FSU

Undergraduate Students

Alie MacVicar, Lehigh University

Isabelle Basden, FSU

Michelle Dziewit, Texas A&M

Troy Broomes, FSU

Sarah Stoppelman, FSU