A world leader in marine biological research with focus on coral reef science and shark conservation, The Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Oceanographic Center has been at the forefront of graduate and undergraduate marine science education and oceanographic research for over 49 years. Students, scientists, faculty and staff come to the Center from all corners of the globe, with the common goal of learning from the ocean's living classrooms - in one of the most diverse ecosystems known to man.

 The Oceanographic Center serves as a national, regional, and community resource for information. There are several institutes, the National Coral Reef Institute for research and training on coral reef assessment, monitoring, and restoration; the Guy Harvey Research Institute for fish research and conservation, and the Save Our Seas Shark Center specializing in shark studies. The Center also implements the Broward County Sea Turtle Renesting Program. The Center's facilities include a research library for the many disciplines of marine science, conference room, classrooms, staging area, electron microscopy laboratory, darkroom, machine shop, physical oceanography laboratory, computer center, wetlab/classroom coral workshop, filtered seawater facility and research laboratories.


Submissions from 2007

Genetic Connectivity in the Florida Reef System: Comparative Phylogeography of Commensal Invertebrates With Contrasting Reproductive Strategies, Vincent P. Richards, James Darwin Thomas, Michael J. Stanhope, and Mahmood S. Shivji

Sedimentary Facies of the Eastern Pacific's Northernmost Reef-Like Setting (Cabo Pulmo, Mexico), Bernhard Riegl, J. Halfar, Samuel J. Purkis, and L. Godinez-Orta

Coupled Renewal Model of Ocean Viscous Sublayer, Thermal Skin Effect and Interfacial Gas Transfer Velocity, Alexander Soloviev

An Approach to Estimation of Near-Surface Turbulence and CO2 Transfer Velocity from Remote Sensing Data, Alexander Soloviev, Mark A. Donelan, Hans Graber, Brian K. Haus, and Peter Schluessel


New Species and Host Associations of Commensal Leucothoid Amphipods from Coral Reefs in Florida and Belize (Crustacea:Amphipoda), James Darwin Thomas and Kristine N. Klebba

Cellular Reactions to Sedimentation and Temperature Stress in the Caribbean Coral Montastraea cavernosa, Bernardo Vargas-Ángel, Esther C. Peters, Esti Kramarsky-Winter, David S. Gilliam, and Richard E. Dodge

Submissions from 2006

Possible Causes, Consequences of Changes and Future of Coral Reefs in Dahab, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea Egypt, Mohamed S. A. Ammar, Jessica Bouwmeester, Bernhard Riegl, Jacques Hausser, and Alexander Keck

Species Assemblages of Enterococcus Indicate Potential Sources of Fecal Bacteria at a South Florida Recreational Beach, Tonya Davidian Bonilla, Kara L. Nowosielski, Nwadiuto Esiobu, Donald S. McCorquodale Jr., and Andrew Rogerson

Identification of Shark Species Composition and Proportion in the Hong Kong Shark Fin Market Based on Molecular Genetics and Trade Records, Shelley C. Clarke, Jennifer E. Magnussen, Debra Abercrombie, Murdoch K. McAllister, and Mahmood S. Shivji

Visual Physiology of the Antarctic Amphipod Abyssorchomene plebs, Jonathan H. Cohen and Tamara M. Frank

Revision of the Pentacrinid Stalked Crinoids of the Genus Endoxocrinus (Echinodermata, Crinoidea), with a Study of Environmental Control of Characters and Its Consequences for Taxonomy, Jérôme David, Michel Roux, Charles G. Messing, and Nadia Améziane

Distribution and Abundance of Micronekton and Macrozooplankton in the NW Weddell Sea: Relation to a Spring Ice-Edge Bloom, Joseph Donnelly, Tracey Sutton, and Joseph J. Torres

Productivity Improvement of Lysmata seticaudata (Risso, 1816) Larval Rearing Protocol Through Modelling, Joana Figueiredo and L. Narciso

Habitat of Juvenile Caribbean Reef Sharks, Carcharhinus perezi, at Two Oceanic Insular Marine Protected Areas in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean: Fernando de Noronha Archipelago and Atol das Rocas, Brazil, Ricardo C. Garla, Demian D. Chapman, Mahmood S. Shivji, Bradley M. Wetherbee, and A. F. Amorim

Movement Patterns of Young Caribbean Reef Sharks, Carcharhinus perezi, at Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, Brazil: the Potential of Marine Protected Areas for Conservation of a Nursery Ground, Ricardo C. Garla, Demian D. Chapman, Bradley M. Wetherbee, and Mahmood S. Shivji

Oceanography, Sedimentology and Acoustic Mapping of a Bryomol Carbonate Factory in the Northern Gulf of California, Mexico, J. Halfar, M. Strasser, Bernhard Riegl, and Lucio Godinez-Orta


Documenting Decadal Spatial Changes in Seagrass and Acropora palmata Cover by Aerial Photography Analysis in Vieques, Puerto Rico: 1937-2000, Luz Raquel Hernandez-Cruz, Samuel J. Purkis, and Bernhard Riegl


Sedimentology and Acoustic Mapping of Modern Rhodolith Facies on a Non-Tropical Carbonate Shelf (Gulf of California, Mexico), Steffen Hetzinger, Jochen Halfar, Bernhard Riegl, and Lucio Godinez-Orta


Effects of Circle Versus J-style Hooks on Target and Non-Target Species in a Pelagic Longline Fishery, David W. Kerstetter and John E. Graves


Survival of White Marlin (Tetrapturus albidus) Released from Commercial Pelagic Longline Gear in the Western North Atlantic, David W. Kerstetter and John E. Graves

A Modern Soft-Bottom, Shallow Water Crinoid Fauna (Echinodermata) from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Charles G. Messing, D. L. Meyer, U. E. Siebeck, L. S. Jermiin, D. I. Vaney, and G. W. Rouse


Metabolites from the Marine-Derived Fungus Chromocleista sp. Isolated from a Deep-Water Sediment Sample Collected in the Gulf of Mexico, Young Chul Park, Sarath P. Gunasekera, Jose V. Lopez, Peter J. McCarthy, and Amy E. Wright

Can Larvae Produced From Stored Sperm in the Ornamental Crab Mithraculus forceps (A. Milne Edwards, 1875) (Decapoda: Brachyura: Majidae) Be Used in Aquaculture?, Gil Penha-Lopes, Andrew L. Rhyne, Joana Figueiredo, Junda Lin, and Luis Narciso

White Vesicles in the Skin of Aplysia californica Cooper: A Proposed Excretory Function, Jeffrey S. Prince, Matthew J. Lynn, and Patricia Blackwelder

Enhanced Detection of the Coral Acropora cervicornis from Satellite Imagery Using a Textual Operator, Samuel J. Purkis, Soe W. Myint, and Bernhard Riegl

Form, Function and Feedbacks in a Tidally Dominated Ooid Shoal, Bahamas, Eugene C. Rankey, Bernhard Riegl, and Kelley Steffen


Validity, Identification, and Distribution of the Roundscale Spearfish, Tetrapturus georgii (Teleostei: Istiophoridae): Morphological and Molecular Evidence, Mahmood S. Shivji, Jennifer E. Magnussen, Lawrence R. Beerkircher, George Hinteregger, Dennis W. Lee, Joseph E. Serafy, and Eric D. Prince

Diet of Pacific Sleeper Shark, a Potential Steller Sea Lion Predator, in the North-East Pacific Ocean, M. F. Sigler, L. B. Hulbert, C. R. Lunsford, N. H. Thompson, K. Burek, G. O'Corry-Crowe, and Amy Hirons

Studies of Commensal Leucothoid Amphipods: Two New Sponge-Inhabiting Species from South Florida and the Western Caribbean, James Darwin Thomas and Kristine N. Klebba

The Reproductive Seasonality and Gametogenic Cycle of Acropora cervicornis off Broward County, Florida, USA, Bernardo Vargas-Ángel, Susan B. Colley, S. Michael Hoke, and James Darwin Thomas

Movement Patterns of the Round Stingray Urobatis halleri (Cooper) Near a Thermal Outfall, Jeremy Vaudo and Christopher G. Lowe


Pelagic Conditions Affect Larval Behavior, Survival, and Settlement Patterns in the Caribbean Coral Montastraea faveolata, M. J. A. Vermeij, Nicole D. Fogarty, and M. W. Miller

Submissions from 2005

Global-Scale Genetic Identification of Hammerhead Sharks: Application to Assessment of the International Fin Trade and Law Enforcement, Debra Abercrombie, Shelley C. Clarke, and Mahmood S. Shivji

Holocene Paleohydrology of Little Salt Spring, Florida, Based on Ostracod Assemblages and Stable Isotopes, Carlos A. Alvarez Zarikian, Peter Koenraad Swart, John A. Gifford, and Patricia Blackwelder

Effects of Temperature, Density, and Diet on Development, Survival, Settlement Synchronism, and Fatty Acid Profile of the Ornamental Shrimp Lysmata seticaudata, R. Calado, Joana Figueiredo, R. Rosa, M. L. Nunes, and L. Narciso

Impacts of Lost Fishing Gear on Coral Reef Sessile Invertebrates in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Mark Chiappone, Helga Dienes, Dione W. Swanson, and Steven Miller

Living on the Edge: High-Latitude Porites Carbonate Production Under Temperate Eutrophic Conditions, J. Halfar, L. Godinez-Orta, Bernhard Riegl, J. E. Valdez-Holguin, and J. M. Borges

Letters to the Editor - Myths About Evolution, J. Matthew Hoch

Reef Fish Assemblage Structure Affected by Small-Scale Spacing and Size Variations of Artificial Patch Reefs, Lance K. B. Jordan, David S. Gilliam, and Richard E. Spieler

Reduced Horizontal Sea Surface Temperature Gradients Under Conditions of Clear Skies and Weak Winds, Kristina B. Katsaros, Alexander Soloviev, Robert H. Weisberg, and Mark E. Luther

Unexpectedly High Cover of Acropora cervicornis on Offshore Reefs in Roatan (Honduras), Jennifer R. Keck, R. S. Houston, Samuel J. Purkis, and Bernhard Riegl


Coral Recruitment Patterns in the Florida Keys, Alison L. Moulding


Assessing the Accuracy of Acoustic Seabed Classification for Mapping Coral Reef Environments in South Florida (Broward County, USA), Ryan P. Moyer, Bernhard Riegl, Kenneth Banks, and Richard E. Dodge

Correlation Between Photosensitivity and Downwelling Irradiance in Mesopelagic Crustaceans, Trevor J. Myslinski, Tamara M. Frank, and Edith A. Widder


Habitat Use and Demographic Population Structure of Elasmobranchs at a Caribbean Atoll (Glover's Reef, Belize), Ellen K. Pikitch, Demian D. Chapman, Elizabeth A. Babcock, and Mahmood S. Shivji

Fluorescence Census Techniques for Coral Recruits, Gregory A. Piniak, Nicole D. Fogarty, Christine M. Addison, and W. Judson Kenworthy

Reassessing U.S. Coral Reefs, William F. Precht, Steven Miller, Richard B. Aronson, John F. Bruno, and Les S. Kaufman

A "Reef-Up" Approach to Classifying Coral Habitats from IKONOS Imagery, Samuel J. Purkis


Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Arabian Gulf Coral Assemblages Quantified from Remote-Sensing and in situ Monitoring Data, Samuel J. Purkis and Bernhard Riegl


Remote Sensing of Geomorphology and Facies Patterns on a Modern Carbonate Ramp (Arabian Gulf, Dubai, U.A.E.), Samuel J. Purkis, Bernhard Riegl, and Serge Andrefouet


Effects of Nutrient Enrichment and Elevated CO2 Partial Pressure on Growth Rate of Atlantic Scleractinian Coral Acropora cervicornis, Dorothy-Ellen A. Renegar and Bernhard Riegl

Distribution and Seasonal Biomass of Drift Macroalgae in the Indian River Lagoon (Florida, USA) Estimated with Acoustic Seafloor Classification (QTCView, Echoplus), Bernhard Riegl, Ryan P. Moyer, Lori J. Morris, Robert W. Virnstein, and Samuel J. Purkis

Detection of Shallow Subtidal Corals from IKONOS Satellite and QTC View (50,200 kHz) Single-Beam Sonar Data (Arabian Gulf; Dubai, UAE), Bernhard Riegl and Samuel J. Purkis

Trophic Ecology of the Deep-Sea Fish Malacosteus niger (Pisces: Stomiidae): An Enigmatic Feeding Ecology to Facilitate a Unique Visual System?, Tracey Sutton

The Isotopic Composition of Respired Carbon Dioxide in Scleractinian Corals: Implications for Cycling of Organic Carbon in Corals, Peter Koenraad Swart, Alina Szmant, James W. Porter, Richard E. Dodge, Jennifer I. Tougas, and John R. Southam

Environmental Correlates of Cetacean Mass Stranding Sites in Florida, Rebekah J. Walker, Edward O. Keith, Alexander E. Yankovsky, and Daniel K. Odell

Farfield Tracing of a Point Source Discharge Plume in the Coastal Ocean Using Sulfur Hexafluoride, Rik Wanninkhof, K. M. Sullivan, W. Paul Dammann, John Proni, Frederick Bloetscher, Alexander Soloviev, and Thomas P. Carsey

Molecular Evidence for Multiple Lineages in the Gorgonian Family Plexauridae (Anthozoa: Octocorallia), H. H. Wirshing, Charles G. Messing, C. J. Douady, J. K. Reed, M. J. Stanhope, and Mahmood S. Shivji


A Comparison of Diets and Water Agitation Methods for Larval Culture of the Edible Sea Urchin, Tripneustes ventricosus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea), Ray Wolcott and Charles G. Messing

Submissions from 2004

Remote Sensing: A Key Tool for Interdisciplinary Assessment of Coral Reef Processes, Serge Andrefouet and Bernhard Riegl

Characterization of the Marine Fish Assemblage Associated with the Nearshore Hardbottom of Broward County, Florida, USA, Robert M. Baron, Lance K. B. Jordan, and Richard E. Spieler

Predominance of Genetic Monogamy by Females in a Hammerhead Shark, Sphyrna tiburo: Implications for Shark Conservation, Demian D. Chapman, Paulo A. Prodohl, James Gelsleichter, Charles A. Manire, and Mahmood S. Shivji

Changes in Motoric, Exploratory, and Emotional Behaviours and Neuronal Acetylcholine Content and 5-HT Turnover in Histidine Decarboxylase-KO Mice, Ekrem Dere, Maria A. De Souza-Silva, Richard E. Spieler, J. S. Lin, H. Ohtsu, Helmut L. Haas, and Joseph P. Huston

Fishes of the Eastern Ross Sea, Antarctica, Joseph Donnelly, Joseph J. Torres, Tracey Sutton, and Christina Simoniello

The Application of Peptide Nucleic Acid Probes for Rapid Detection and Enumeration of Eubacteria, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Recreational Beaches of S. Florida, Nwadiuto Esiobu, Renuka Mohammed, Andrea Echeverry, Melissa Green, Tonya Davidian Bonilla, Aaron Hartz, Donald S. McCorquodale Jr., and Andrew Rogerson

Taxonomists and the CBD, R. Geeta, Andre Levy, J. Matthew Hoch, Melissa Mark, Quentin D. Wheeler, Peter H. Raven, and Edward O. Wilson

Vanishing Horizontal Sea Surface Temperature Gradients at Low Wind Speeds, Kristina B. Katsaros and Alexander Soloviev


Evidence of Shark Predation and Scavenging on Fishes Equipped with Pop-up Satellite Archival Tags, David W. Kerstetter, J. Polovina, and John E. Graves


The Perfect Microbial Symbiosis Hotel: Marine Sponges, Jose V. Lopez

Integrating In Situ Reef-Top Reflectance Spectra with Landsat TM Imagery to Aid Shallow-Tropical Benthic Habitat Mapping, Samuel J. Purkis and R. Pasterkamp

Nutrient and Growth Dynamics of Halimeda tuna on Conch Reef, Florida Keys: Possible Influence of Internal Tides on Nutrient Status and Physiology, Jennifer E. Smith, Celia M. Smith, Peter S. Vroom, Kevin L. Beach, and Steven Miller


New Species of Eustomias (Teleostei: Stomiidae) from the Western North Atlantic, with a Review of the Subgenus Neostomias, Tracey Sutton and Karsten E. Hartel

The Skeleton Eroding Band Disease on Coral Reefs of Aqaba, Red Sea, Robert Winkler, Arnfried Antonius, and Dorothy-Ellen A. Renegar

Submissions from 2003

Multi-Site Evaluation of IKONOS Data for Classification of Tropical Coral Reef Environments, Serge Andrefouet, Philip Kramer, Damaris Torres-Pulliza, Karen E. Joyce, Eric J. Hochberg, Rodrigo Garza-Perez, Peter J. Mumby, Bernhard Riegl, Hiroya Yamano, William H. White, Mayalen Zubia, John C. Brock, Stuart R. Phinn, Abdulla Naseer, Bruce G. Hatcher, and Frank E. Muller-Karger


A Monte Carlo Demographic Analysis of the Silky Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis): Implications of Gear Selectivity, Lawrence R. Beerkircher, Mahmood S. Shivji, and Enric Cortes

Circadian Variation of Brain Histamine in Goldfish, Tiffany A. Burns, Joseph P. Huston, and Richard E. Spieler

Feeding Ecology, Age, Growth and Sexual Cycle of the Portuguese Sole, Synaptura lusitanica, Henrique Cabral, Ana Isabel Catarino, Joana Figueiredo, Joana Garcia, and Miguel Henriques

Genetic and Morphological Variation of Synaptura lusitanica Capello, 1868, along the Portuguese Coast, Henrique Cabral, Joana F. Marques, Ana Luisa Rego, Ana Isabel Catarino, Joana Figueiredo, and Joana Garcia

Diel Movement Patterns of the Hawaiian Stingray, Dasyatis Lata: Implications for Ecological Interactions between Sympatric Elasmobranch Species, Daniel P. Cartamil, Jeremy Vaudo, Christopher G. Lowe, Bradley M. Wetherbee, and Kim N. Holland

A Streamlined, Bi-Organelle, Multiplex PCR Approach to Species Identification: Application to Global Conservation and Trade Monitoring of the Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, Demian D. Chapman, Debra Abercrombie, Christophe J. Douady, Ellen K. Pikitch, Michael Stanhope, and Mahmood S. Shivji

Mating Behavior of Southern Stingrays, Dasyatis americana (Dasyatidae), Demian D. Chapman, Mark John Corcoran, Guy Harvey, Sonita Malan, and Mahmood S. Shivji


Histidine-Decarboxylase Knockout Mice Show Deficient Nonreinforced Episodic Object Memory, Improved Negatively Reinforced Water-Maze Performance, and Increased Neo- and Ventro-Striatal Dopamine Turnover, Ekrem Dere, Maria A. De Souza-Silva, Bianca Topic, Richard E. Spieler, Helmut L. Haas, and Joseph P. Huston


A Rapid Assessment of Coral Reefs Near Hopetown, Abaco Islands, Bahamas (Stony Corals and Algae), Joshua Feingold, Susan L. Thornton, Kenneth W. Banks, Nancy J. Gasman, David S. Gilliam, Pamela Fletcher, and Christian L. Avila


Case 3270: Isometrinae Clark, 1917 (Ecinodermata, Crinoidea): Proposed Emendation of Spelling to Isometrainae to Remove Homonymy with Isometrinae Kraepelin, 1891 (Arachnida, Scorpiones), Victor Fet and Charles G. Messing

Benthic Habitat Mapping in the Tortugas Region, Florida, E. Franklin, Jerald Ault, Steven G. Smith, Jiangang Luo, G. Meester, Guillermo A. Diaz, Mark Chiappone, Dione W. Swanson, Steven Miller, and James A. Bohnsack

Effects of Light Adaptation on the Temporal Resolution of Deep-sea Crustaceans, Tamara M. Frank


Growth and Survivorship of Stony Coral Meandrina meandrites and Montastrea cavernosa Transplants to an Artificial Reef Environment: A Work in Progress, E. A. Glynn, T. Patrick Quinn, Daniel P. Fahy, Richard E. Dodge, David S. Gilliam, and Richard E. Spieler


CoralXDS - Coral X-radiograph Densitometry System, Kevin P. Helmle, Kevin E. Kohler, and Richard E. Dodge


Assessment of the Coral Reefs of the Turks and Caicos Islands (Part 2: Fish Communities), Kaho Hoshino, Marilyn Brandt, Carrie Manfrino, Bernhard Riegl, and Sascha C. C. Steiner

Foraging by the Mud Snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta (Say), Modulates Spatial Variation in Benthic Community Structure, Brendan P. Kelaher, Jeffrey S. Levinton, and J. Matthew Hoch


Reviewed Work(s): Electronic Tagging and Tracking in Marine Fisheries., David W. Kerstetter


Use of Pop-up Satellite Archival Tags to Demonstrate Survival of Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) Released from Pelagic Longline Gear, David W. Kerstetter, Brian E. Luckhurst, Eric Prince, and John E. Graves

An Annotated Checklist and Key to the Crinoidea of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Lisa Kirkendale and Charles G. Messing

Episodic Nutrient Transport to Florida Coral Reefs, James J. Leichter, Hannah L. Stewart, and Steven Miller


Status of Coral Reefs of Little Cayman, Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, British West Indies, in 1999 and 2000 (Part 1: Stony Corals and Algae), Carrie Manfrino, Bernhard Riegl, Jerome L. Hall, and Robert Graifman

Three New Species of Comasteridae Echinodermata, Crinoidea from the Tropical Western Pacific, Charles G. Messing

Unique Morphology in the Living Bathyal Feather Star, Atelecrinus (Echinodermata: Crinoidea), Charles G. Messing

Pavements of Siderastrea radians on Cape Verde Reefs, Chris S. Moses, Kevin P. Helmle, Peter K. Swart, Richard E. Dodge, and S. E. Merino

Spatial Patterns and Ecology of Benthic Communities on a High-Latitude South Florida (Broward County, USA) Reef System, Ryan P. Moyer, Bernhard Riegl, Kenneth Banks, and Richard E. Dodge

Vertical Versus Horizontal Growth Strategies of Coral Frameworks (Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia), W. E. Piller and Bernhard Riegl