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FSUCML Faculty Member
Dr. Felicia C. Coleman
Feclica Coleman Office: 850-697-4120
Fax: 850-697-3822
E-mail: fcoleman@fsu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Coleman and Koenig Research Lab

Research Faculty
Director, Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory
Pew Marine Conservation Fellow, 2001
Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow, 2000
Ph.D., Florida State University, 1991


My primary research interest is in marine ecology, with an emphasis on the linkages between reef fishes and habitat. This interest led me to explore the effects of fishing on the demography of exploited populations, particularly in its effects on spawning aggregations of fish in the grouper family (Serranidae). Groupers are protogynous hermaphrodites/ that is, each individual changes sex from female to male over the course of its lifetime. What I found was that, for several species at least, fishing appears to lead to a loss of males, thus skewing the sex ratio in favor of females.

This research, plus my long-standing interest in conservation, led me to question how (or whether) such ecologically relevant information for an exploited species was incorporated into its management and reflected in governmental policy. What I have found over the years is that in many cases, the information is not properly transferred from scientists to policy makers and the general public. I have spent a number of years working to bridge this gap with respect to management of marine resources. In this work, I have been fortunate enough to serve on a number of committees and councils whose charges involve conservation of marine resources, including the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, The National Marine Fisheries Service Ecosystem Management Advisory Panel, The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Ecosystem Advisory Panel, The Tortugas 2000 Marine Reserve Working Group, the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee and the National Research Council.


Coleman, F. C., W. F. Figueira, J. S. Ueland, and L. B. Crowder.  2004.  The impact of U.S. recreational fisheries on marine fish populations.  Science 305: 1958-1960.

Coleman, FC, CC Koenig, K. Scanlon, S. Heppell, S. Heppell, and M. W. Miller. 2010. Benthic habitat modification through excavation by red grouper Epinephelus morio (Valenciennes) in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. The Open Fish Science Journal 3:1-15.

Lorenzen, K, RS Steneck, RR Warner, AM Parma, FC Coleman, KM Leber. 2010. The Spatial dimensions of fisheries: putting it all in place. Bulletin of Marine Science 86(2): 169–177.

Figueira, WF, and FC Coleman. 2010. Comparing landings of United States recreational fishery sectors. Bulletin of Marine Science 86:499-514.

Stallings, CD, FC Coleman, CC Koenig, and DA Markiewicz. 2010. Energy allocation in juveniles of a warm-temperate reef fish. Environmental Biology of Fishes 99:389-398. DOI 310.1007/s10641-10010-19655-10644.

Coleman, FC, CC Koenig. 2010. The Effects of Fishing, Climate Change, and Other Anthropogenic Disturbances on Red Grouper and Other Reef Fishes in the Gulf of Mexico. Integrative and Comparative Biology 50:201-212

Nelson, J, J Chanton, FC Coleman, CC Koenig. 2010. Patterns of stable carbon isotope turnover in gag (Mycteroperca microlepis), an economically important marine piscivore determined with a non-lethal surgical biopsy procedure. Environmental Biology of Fishes DOI 10.1007/s10641-010-9736-4.

Coleman, FC, LE Petes. 2010. Getting Into Hot Water: Ecological Effects of Climate Change in Marine Environments. Southeastern Environmental Law Journal 17.2:337-357.

Stallings, CD, FC Coleman, CC Koenig, and DA Markiewicz. 2010. Energy allocation in juveniles of a warm-temperate reef fish. Environmental Biology of Fishes 99:389-398. DOI 310.1007/s10641-10010-19655-10644.

Greenberg, MJ, WF Herrnkind, FC Coleman. 2010. Evolution of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Gulf of Mexico Science 2010(1–2): 149–163.

Koenig, CC, FC Coleman, K Kingon. 2011. Pattern of recovery of the goliath grouper Epinephelus itajara population in the southeastern US. Bulletin of Marine Science 87:891-911.)

Coleman, FC, KC Scanlon, CC Koenig. 2011. Groupers on the Edge: Shelf Edge Spawning Habitat in and Around Marine Reserves of the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. The Professional Geographer, 63(4) 2011:1–19.

Nelson, MD, CC Koenig, FC Coleman, DA Mann. 2011. Sound production of red grouper Epinephelus morio on the West Florida Shelf. Aquatic Biology 12: 97–108. Featured Article.

Nelson, J, R Wilson, F Coleman, C Koenig, D DeVries, C Gardner, J Chanton. 2012. Flux by fin: fish-mediated carbon and nutrient flux in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Mar Biol (2012) 159:365-372

Peterson, C. H., F. C. Coleman, J. B. C. Jackson, R. E. Turner, G. T. Rowe et al. 2011. A Once and Future Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem: Restoration Recommendations of an Expert Working Group. 112pp. The Pew Charitable Trust, Washington, D. C.

Auster, P.J., J.A. Estes and F.C. Coleman. 2013. Species interactions in marine communities: the invisible fabric of nature. Bulletin of Marine Science 89:3-9.


Stephen Gosnell, Ph. D. (University of California, Santa Barbara)


Laura Petes, Ph. D. (Oregon State University)
NOAA Climate Office

Chris Stallings, Ph. D. (Oregon State University)
University of South Florida


Bob Ellis, Ph. D. Candidate
Chris Malinowski, Ph. D. Program
Jennifer Schellinger, Master of Science
Chelsea Counsell, Master of Science