Cissell, EC, C Eckrich and SJ McCoy (2022). Cyanobacterial mats as benthic reservoirs and vectors for coral Black Band Disease pathogens. Ecological Applications, 32(6): e2692. [OPEN ACCESS]

MacVicar, A, SJ Stoppelmann, TJ Broomes and SJ McCoy (2022). Gulf of Mexico rhodoliths are robust to sunscreen pollution. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 181: 113864. [link]

Cissell, EC and SJ McCoy (2022). Marine cyanobacteria in the Anthropocene: Are top-down paradigms robust to climate change? Climate Change Ecology, 3: 100057. [OPEN ACCESS]

Manning, JC, and SJ McCoy (2022). Coprophagy in Caribbean parrotfishes. Ecology. doi:10.1002/ecy.3657 [link] [data]

Page, HN, KD Barr, T Cyronak, EB Jewett, MD Johnson, and SJ McCoy (2022). Responses of benthic calcifying algae to ocean acidification differ between laboratory and field settings. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 79(1): 1-11. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsab232 [OPEN ACCESS]


Miranda, KK, BL Weigel, SJ McCoy, and CA Pfister (2021). Differential impacts of alternate primary producers on carbon cycling. Ecology, 201(9): e03455.  doi: 10.1002/ecy.3455 [OPEN ACCESS]

Kolzenburg, R, F D’Amore, SJ McCoy, and F Ragazzola (2021). Physiological adaptations in marginal populations of Corallina officinalis to future climatic changes. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 188, 104522. doi: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2021.104522 [link]

Cissell, EC, and SJ McCoy (2021). Shotgun metagenomic sequencing reveals the full taxonomic, trophic, and functional diversity of a coral reef benthic cyanobacterial mat from Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands. Science of the Total Environment, 755(1):142719. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142719.​ [OPEN ACCESS]

Cissell, EC, SA Kranz, and SJ McCoy (2021). Rhodolith holobionts are not a source of fixed nitrogen in a northeastern Gulf of Mexico patch reef. Bulletin of Marine Science, 97(1). doi: 10.5343/bms.2020.0041 [link] [pdf]


Twist, BA, CE Cornwall, SJ McCoy, PW Gabrielson, PT Martone and WA Nelson (2020). The need to employ reliable and reproducible species identifications in coralline algal research. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 654: 225-231. [link] [pdf]

McCoy, SJ, SA Krueger-Hadfield and N Mieszkowska (2020). Evolutionary phycology: Towards a macroalgal species conceptual framework.  Journal of Phycology, 56(6): 1404-1413. doi: 10.1111/jpy.13059 [OPEN ACCESS]

Lester, SE, A Rassweiler, SJ McCoy, M Donovan, A Dubel, M Miller, S Miller, B Ruttenberg, J Samhouri and ME Hay (2020).  Caribbean reefs of the Anthropocene: Variance in ecosystem services and bright spots at coral depauperate reefs. Global Change Biology, 26(9): 4785-4799. [OPEN ACCESS]


Cullen, CM, A Kawalpreet, S Beyhan, CE Cho, S Woloszynek, M Convertino, SJ McCoy, Y Zhang, M Anderson, D Alvarez-Ponce, E Smirnova, L Karstens, PC Dorrestein, H Li, AS Gupta, K Cheung, J Powers, Z Zhao and G Rosen (2020). Emerging priorities for microbiome research. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11: 72. [OPEN ACCESS]

McCoy, SJ, A Stanillán-Sarmiento, MT Brown, S Widdicombe and GA Wheeler (2020) Photosynthetic responses of turf-forming red macroalgae to high-CO2 conditions. Journal of Phycology, 56(1): 85-96. doi: 10.1111/jpy.12922 [link][pdf]



McCoy, SJ and S Widdicombe (2019) Thermal plasticity is independent of environmental history in an intertidal seaweed. Ecology and Evolution, 9(23): 13402-13412. doi: 10.1002/ece3.5796 [OPEN ACCESS] [data]


Cissell, EC, JC Manning and SJ McCoy (2019) Consumption of proliferating cyanobacterial mats on Caribbean reefs. Scientific Reports, 9: 12693. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-49126-9 [OPEN ACCESS]

Ravaglioli, C, F Bulleri, S Ruhl, SJ McCoy, H Findlay and AM Queirós (2019) Ocean acidification and hypoxia alter organic carbon fluxes in marine soft sediments. Global Change Biology, 25(12): 4165-4178.  doi: 10.1111/gcb.14806 [link] [pdf]

Kolzenburg, R, KR Nicastro, SJ McCoy, A Ford, GI Zardi, F Ragazzola (2019) Understanding the margin squeeze: Differentiation in fitness-related traits between central and trailing edge populations of Corallina officinalis. Ecology and Evolution, 9: 5787–5801.​ doi: 10.1002/ece3.5162  [OPEN ACCESS] [data]

Queirós, AM, N Stephens, S Widdicombe, K Tait, SJ McCoy, J Ingels, S Ruhl, R Airs, A Beesley, G Carnovale, P Cazenave, S Dashfield, E Hua, M Jones, P Lindeque, CL McNeill, J Nunes, H Parry, C Pascoe, A Rees, C Widdicombe, T Smyth, A Atkinson, D Krause-Jensen, PJ Somerfield (2019) Connected macroalgal-sediment systems: blue carbon and foodwebs in the deep coastal ocean. Ecological Monographs, 89(3): e01366. doi: 10.1002/ecm.1366 [OPEN ACCESS] [si]


Yuan, X, SJ McCoy, Y Du, S Widdicombe, JM Hall-Spencer (2018) Physiological and behavioral plasticity of the sea cucumber Holothuria forskali (Echinodermata, Holothuroidea) to acidified seawater. Frontiers Physiology, 9: 1339. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01339 [OPEN ACCESS]

McCoy, SJ and NA Kamenos (2018) Coralline algal skeletal mineralogy affects grazer impacts. Global Change Biology, 24(10): 4775-4783. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14370 [link] [pdf]

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. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14013 [link] [pdf]



Pfister, CA, K Roy, JT Wootton, SJ McCoy, RT Paine, T Suchanek, E Sanford (2016) Historical baselines and the future of shell calcification for a foundation species in a changing ocean. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 283: 20160392. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0392  [link] [pdf] [data]

McCoy, SJ, CA Pfister, G Olack and AS Colman (2016) Diurnal and tidal patterns of calcification in geniculate intertidal coralline algae. Marine Ecology, 37(3): 553-564. doi 10.1111/maec.12295  [link] [pdf]


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. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2561  [link] [pdf]


J Nunes, SJ McCoy, HS Findlay, FE Hopkins, V Kitidis, AM Queirós, L Rayner and S Widdicombe (2016) Two intertidal, non-calcifying macroalgae (Palmaria palmata and Saccharina latissima) show complex and variable responses to short-term CO2 acidification. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 73(3): 887-896.  doi: 10/1093/icesjms/fsv081  [OPEN ACCESS]



McCoy, SJ and NA Kamenos (2015) Coralline algae in a changing world: integrating ecological, physiological, and geochemical responses to global change. Journal of Phycology, 51(1): 6-24.  doi: 10.1111/jpy.12262  [OPEN ACCESS]



McCoy, SJ and F Ragazzola (2014) Skeletal trade-offs in response to ocean acidification. Nature Climate Change, 4: 719-723. doi:10.1038/nclimate2273  [link] [pdf] [data]


McCoy, SJ and CA Pfister (2014) Historical comparisons reveal altered competitive interactions in a guild of crustose coralline algae. Ecology Letters, 17: 475-483. doi: 10.1111/ele.12247  [link] [pdf]



McCoy, SJ (2013) Morphology of the crustose coralline alga Pseudolithophyllum muricatum (Rhodophyta Corallinaceae) responds to 30 years of ocean acidification in the northeast Pacific. Journal of Phycology, 49(5): 830-837.  doi: 10.1111/jpy.12095 [link] [pdf]


Garrard SL, R Hunter, A Frommel, AC Lane, JC Phillips, R Cooper, R Dineshram, U Cardini, SJ McCoy, M Arnberg, BG Rodrigues Alves, S Annane, MR de Orte, A Kumar, G Aguirre-Martínez, RH Maneja, MD Basallote Sánchez, F Ape, A Torstensson, and MM Bjoerk (2013) Ocean acidification: the next generation - a postgraduate perspective on research priorities. Marine Biology, 160: 1789-1805.  doi: 10.1007/s00227-012-2033-3  [link] [pdf]



Pfister, CA, SJ McCoy, JT Wootton, PA Martin, AS Colman and D Archer (2011) Rapid environmental change over the past decade revealed by isotopic analysis of the California mussel in the northeast Pacific. PLoS One, 6(10): e25766. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0025766  [OPEN ACCESS]


McCoy, SJ, LF Robinson, CA Pfister, JT Wootton, and N Shimizu (2011) Exploring the B/Ca pH-proxy in bivalves: Relationships between Mytilus californianus B/Ca and environmental data from the northeast Pacific. Biogeosciences, 8: 2567-2579.  doi: 10.5194/bg-8-2567-2011  [OPEN ACCESS]



Russell, JM, SJ McCoy, D Verschuren, I Bessems, and Y Huang (2009) Human impacts, climate change, and aquatic ecosystem response during the past 2000 yr at Lake Wandakara, Uganda. Quaternary Research, 72(3): 315-324. doi: 10.1016/j.yqres.2009.06.008 [link] [pdf]


educational research 

Robnett, R, CJ Ballen, S Fagbodun, AK Lane, SJ McCoy, L Robinson, E Weems, and S Cotner (2022). Are synchronous chats a silver lining of emergency remote instruction? Text-based chatting is disproportionately favored by women in an introductory biology course. PLoS One, in press. 


AMAP (2013) AMAP Assessment 2013: Arctic Ocean Acidification. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway. viii + 99 pp. [OPEN ACCESS]