Graduate Program in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
Professor, Department of Geology
447 Hochstetter Hall
453, 457 Hochstetter Hall
University at Buffalo-North Campus
Phone: 716 645-4871
Fax: 716 645-3999
Welcome to the Coffroth Lab.
My lab studies the population dynamics of the endosymbiotic dinoflagellate, Symbiodinium spp. and their cnidarian hosts, the early ontogeny of coral-algal symbiosis and the response of the symbiosis to environmental perturbations. I address these research areas through field and laboratory experiments. Essential to my work is a suite of molecular markers that we use to identify and characterize these algal symbionts. My research and that of my students has focused on the reefs in Panama, Meso-American Barrier Reef, the Bahamas and the Florida Keys. I am currently a professor in the Graduate Program in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior and the Department of Geology at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo NY. I obtained my MS and PhD in Biological Oceanography from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science University of Miami and received a National Science Foundation post-doctoral grant to work at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama.