Mary Alice Coffroth

Professor

PhD, Biological Oceanography, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami – 1988

447 Hochstetter Hall
(716) 645-4871
coffroth@buffalo.edu
Website

Specialties

Evolutionary biology and Ecology, population biology of marine invertebrates

Research Interests

My research is centered on using the population structure and genetic diversity of marine species to provide insight into their current and past population dynamics and to elucidate the mechanisms that maintain the observed diversity. My current research examines the population dynamics and early ontogeny of the symbioses between the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium spp . and cnidarian hosts such as coral. Gaining a better understanding of host-symbiont relationships in coral reef ecosystems will have implications for atmospheric and ocean sciences, conservation biology and the study and diagnosis of microbial diseases in corals.

Course Offerings

  • GLY 409 – Advanced Ecology
  • GLY 411/511 – Marine Ecology
  • GLY 310 – Ecological Methods
  • GLY 412/512 – Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology
  • GLY XXX – Colloquium in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior
  • GLY 462/562 – Advanced Environmental Geochemistry
  • GLY 568 – Environmental Organic Geochemistry
  • GLY 499 – Independent Study
  • GLY 526 – Geology for Graduate Students
  • GLY 599 – Supervised Teaching
  • GLY 633 – Graduate Research
  • GLY 700 – Thesis Guidance

Current Students

  • Shelby McIlroy- PhD
  • Kaitlyn Sullivan – MS
  • Daniel Valint – MS

Recent Former Students

  • Anke Klueter – PhD

Postdocs

  • Rachel Mellas – MS – (2012)
  • Noel Leigh – MS
  • Tim Hsieh
  • Cynthia Lewis – MS (2003)
  • Jennie Holmberg
  • Katherina Bendz
  • Meredith Dorner
  • Nathan Kirk
  • Atiqah Zailani
  • Hui (Ann) Liu
  • Eleni Petrou
  • Andrew Hannes
  • Tamar L. Goulet
  • Jillian Mansfield
  • Gemma May
  • Daniel Poland
  • Scott Santos – PhD (2002) – Currently employed by Auburn University as an Associate Professor w/ Tenure.
  • Tonya (Snell) Shearer
  • Maria Gabriella de Oliveira Jackson (Gabi)