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F. Joel Fodrie


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F. Joel Fodrie
Associate Professor
Phone: 252.726.6841 ext 149
Fax: 252.726.2426
157 Coker Hall
3431 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557

Area of Interest

Coastal Biological Oceanography

  • Fish and bivalve population ecology
  • Connectivity of marine populations and ecosystems
  • Trophic interactions in estuarine communities
  • Ecosystem service delivery of biogenic habitats
  • Long-term community patterns


  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD), Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, 2006
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Biology and History, 1999

Selected Publications (past 2 years)
# denotes grad student; * denotes undergrad/technician; $ denotes post-doc

Brodeur#, MC, and FJ Fodrie (submitted) Effects of interspecific competition are mediated by body size and environmental stress in a biogenic reef community. Oecologia

Yeager$, LA, DA Keller#, TR Burns*, A Pool, and FJ Fodrie (in review) Threshold effects of habitat fragmentation per se on fish diversity at landscapes scales. Ecology

Walles, B, FJ Fodrie, S Nieuwhof, PMJ Herman, and T Ysebaert (accepted) Guidelines for evaluating performance of oyster habitat restoration should include tidal emersion: reply to Baggett et al. Restoration Ecology

Kroll#, IR, AK Poray, BJ Puckett, DB Eggleston, and FJ Fodrie (in press) Environmental effects on elemental uptake in the shells of the Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica: implications for the use of geochemical tagging to assess connectivity. Marine Ecology Progress Series

Gittman, RK, CH Peterson, CA Currin, FJ Fodrie, MF Piehler, and JF Bruno (in press) Living shorelines can enhance the nursery role of threatened coastal habitats. Ecological Applications DOI

Able, KW and FJ Fodrie (2015) Distribution and dynamics of habitat use by juvenile and adult flatfishes. Pgs. 242-282. In: Gibson, RN, RDM Nash, AJ Geffen, and HW Van der Veer (eds.), Flatfishes: Biology and Exploitation, Second Edition. Fish and Aquatic Resources Series. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Ridge#, JT, AB Rodriguez, FJ Fodrie, NL Lindquist, MC Brodeur#, SE Coleman#, JH Grabowski, and EJ Theuerkauf (2015) Maximizing oyster-reef growth supports green infrastructure with accelerating sea-level rise. Nature Scientific Reports 5, 14785; DOI 10.1038/srep14785.

Theuerkauf, EJ, JD Stephens, JT Ridge#, FJ Fodrie, and AB Rodriguez (2015) Carbon export from fringing saltmarsh shoreline erosion overwhelms burial across a critical width threshold. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 164: 367-378.

Gittman, RK, FJ Fodrie, AM Popowich, DA Keller#, JF Bruno, CA Currin, CH Peterson, and MF Piehler (2015) Engineering away our natural defenses: an analysis of shoreline hardening in the United States. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13: 301–307. *Research featured in Science (special section on Oceans and Climate): Popkin, G. (2015) Breaking the waves. Science 350:756-759.

Able, KW, PC López-Duarte, FJ Fodrie, OP Jensen, CW Martin, BJ Roberts, J Valenti, K O’Connor, and SC Halbert (2015) Fish assemblage structure in Louisiana salt marshes: effects of the Macondo Oil Spill. Estuaries and Coasts 38: 1385-1398.

Baillie*, CJ, JM Fear, and FJ Fodrie (2015) Ecotone effects on seagrass and saltmarsh habitat-use by juvenile fishes in a temperate estuary. Estuaries and Coasts 38: 1414-1430.

Fodrie, FJ, LA Yeager$, JH Grabowski, CA Layman, GD Sherwood, and MD Kenworthy (2015) Measuring individuality in habitat use across complex landscapes: approaches, constraints, and implications for assessing resource specialization. Oecologia 178: 75-87.

Brodeur#, MC, MF Piehler, and FJ Fodrie (2015) Consumers mitigate effects of heat stress and nutrient enrichment on eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) communities at its southern range limit. Marine Ecology Progress Series 525: 53-64.

Heck Jr, KL, FJ Fodrie, SL Madsen, CJ Baillie*, and DA Byron (2015) Seagrass consumption by native and a tropically associated fish species: potential impacts of the tropicalization of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series 520: 165–173.

Fodrie, FJ, KW Able, F Galvez, KL Heck Jr, OP Jensen, PC López-Duarte, CW Martin, RE Turner, and A Whitehead (2014) Integrating organismal and population responses of estuarine fishes in Macondo spill research. BioScience 64: 778-788.

Fodrie, FJ, AB Rodriguez, CJ Baillie*, MC Brodeur#, SE Coleman#, RK Gittman, DA Keller#, MD Kenworthy, AK Poray, JT Ridge#, EJ Theuerkauf, and NL Lindquist (2014) Classic paradigms in a novel environment: inserting food-web and productivity lessons from rocky shores and saltmarshes in to biogenic reef restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 1314-1325.

Rodriguez, AB, FJ Fodrie, JT Ridge#, NL Lindquist, EJ Theuerkauf, SE Coleman#, JH Grabowski, MC Brodeur#, RK Gittman, DA Keller#, and MD Kenworthy (2014) Oyster reefs can outpace sea-level rise. Nature Climate Change 4: 493-497.

Gericke, RL, KL Heck Jr, and FJ Fodrie (2014) Interactions between northern-shifting tropical species and native species in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Estuaries and Coasts 37: 952-961.

Graduate Students

Michelle Brodeur
Martin Benavides
Justin Ridge (co-advised with Tony Rodriguez)
Matthew Kenworthy
Ian Kroll
Danielle Keller
Max Tice-Lewis
Amy Yarnall
Shelby Ziegler

 Related Links

Fodrie Lab Website