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preprints & submitted manuscripts

McCollum, SB, H Steinmuller, SJ McCoy, and JL Breithaupt. Impacts of elemental stoichiometry and tissue type on early- and late-phase mineralization potential of turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum). Estuarines and Coasts, in review. 


Manning, JC, SJ McCoy, and S Benhamou. Spatial interactions between parrotfishes and implications for species coexistence. Ecology, in review.

Cissell, EC and SJ McCoy. Predation, community asynchrony, and metacommunity stability in cyanobacterial mats. Preprint at BioRxiv.


Powell, ME and SJ McCoy (2024). Divide and conquer: Spatial and temporal resource partitioning structures benthic cyanobacterial mats.  Journal of Phycology, in press.

Cissell, EC and SJ McCoy (2024). Convergent photophysiology and prokaryotic assemblage structure in epilithic cyanobacterial tufts and algal turf communities. Journal of Phycology, in press.



McCoy, SJ, CM Pueschel, CE Cornwall, S Comeau, SA Kranz, N Spindel and MA Borowitzka (2023). Calcification in coralline algae: A synthesis. Phycologia 62(6): 648-666. [OPEN ACCESS]
Manning, JC and SJ McCoy (2023). Preferential consumption of benthic cyanobacterial mats by Caribbean parrotfishes. Coral Reefs 42: 967-975.
Cissell, EC and SJ McCoy (2023). Top-heavy trophic structure within benthic viral dark matter. Environmental Microbiology 25(11): 2303-2320.
Cissell, EC and SJ McCoy (2023). Viral association with cyanobacterial mat community mortality. Ecology 104(9): e4131.
Page, HN, SJ McCoy, RGM Spencer, K  Burnham, C Hewett, and M Johnson (2023). Effects of ocean acidification on growth and photophysiology of two tropical reef macroalgae. PLoS One 18(11): e0286661. [OPEN ACCESS]
Cornwall, CE, J Carlot, O Branson, TA Courtney, BP Harvey, C Perry, AJ Andersson, G Diaz-Pulido, M Johnson, E Kennedy, E Krieger, J Mallela, SJ McCoy, M Nugues, E Quinter, C Ross, E Ryan, V Saderne, and S Comeau (2023). Crustose coralline algae can contribute more than corals to coral reef carbonate production. Communications Earth & Environment, 4: 105.  [OPEN ACCESS]
Manning, JC and SJ McCoy (2023). Territoriality drives patterns of fixed space use in Caribbean parrotfishes. Ecology and Evolution, 13(2): e9833.  [OPEN ACCESS]


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 

Lamb, T, AE Beatty, EP Driessen, R Youngblood, A Esco, S Cotner, C Creech, AG Drake, S Fagbodun, J Harshman, K Hobbs, AK Lane, E Larson, SJ McCoy, R Robnett, S Thompson, and CJ Ballen (2024). Equitable instructor assessment changes amid COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of College Science Teaching, 53(2): 95-110. [link]

Pokorny, A, CJ Ballen, AG Drake, E Driessen, S Fagbodun, B Gibbens, J Henning, SJ McCoy, S Thompson, C Willis, and AK Lane. “Out of my control”: Science undergraduates report mental health concerns and inconsistent conditions when using remote proctoring software.  International Journal for Educational Integrity, 19: 22. [OPEN ACCESS]


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, 17(10): e0273301.  [OPEN ACCESS]


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

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