Dr. Mary Alice Coffroth’s Publications


Neal, BP, Khen, A, Treibitz, T, Beijbom, O, O’Conner, G, Coffroth, MA, Knowlton, N, Kreigman, D, Mitchell, BG, Kline, DI. Eight-year time series indicates Caribbean massive corals not recovering from repeated thermal stress events. Ecology and Evolution 7: 1339–1353 DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2706 Request
Poland, DM and Coffroth, MA Trans-generational specificity within a cnidarian-algal symbiosis. Coral Reefs 36:119-129 DOI 10.1007/s00338-016-1514-0 Request
McIlroy, SE and Coffroth, MA. Coral ontogeny affects early symbiont acquisition in laboratory reared recruits. Accepted Coral Reefs. Request
Grupstra CGB, Coma R, Ribes M, Posbic-Leydet K, Parkinson JE, McDonald K, Catllà M, Vooltra CR, Hellberg ME, Coffroth MA. Evidence for coral range expansion accompanied by reduced symbiont diversity. Accepted Coral Reefs Request
Gregoire V, Schmacka F. Coffroth MA, Karsten U. Photophysiological and thermal tolerance of various genotypes of the coral endosymbiont Symbiodinium sp. (Dinophyceae) Journal of Applied Phycology (2017) DOI 10.1007/s10811-017-1127-1 Request


McIlroy, SE, Kleuter, Gillette, P, Cunning, R, Capo, T, Baker, A and Coffroth, MA The effects of Symbiodinium identity on growth, survival and photosynthesis of newly settled polyps. J. Phycol. 52:1114-1124 Request


Parkinson, JE, Coffroth, MA, LaJeunesse, TC. New species of clade B Symbiodinium (Dinophyceae) from the greater Caribbean belong to different functional guilds: S. aenigmatum sp. nov., S. antillogorgium sp. nov., S. endomadracis sp. nov., and S. pseudominutum sp. nov. J. Phycol- 51: 850–858 (2015) Request
Klueter, A., Crandall, J.B., Archer, F.I., Teece, M.A., Coffroth, M.A. Taxonomic and environmental variation in metabolite profiles in marine dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium. Metabolites 5:74-99 doi:10.3390/metabo5010074 (2015) Request


Porto, I, Zubillada, AL, Shearer, TL, Bastidas, C, Salazar, C, Coffroth MA and Szmant, AM. Population structure of the corals Orbicella faveolata and Acropora palmata in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System with comparisons over the Caribbean basin-wide spatial scale. Mar. Biol. 162:81–98 DOI 10.1007/s00227-014-2560-1 (2014) Request
Prada C, McIlroy SE, Beltra DM, Valint DJ, Ford SA, Hellberg ME, Coffroth MA Cryptic diversity hides host and habitat specialization in a gorgonian-algal symbiosis Molec Ecol 23:3330-3340 (2014) Request
Mellas RE, McIlroy, S.E., Fitt WK, Coffroth MA. Symbiosis flexibility and the effects of symbiont type in the upside-down jellyfish, Cassiopea spp J. exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol 459: 38-44(2014) Request


Kirk, N, Ritson-Willams, R, Coffroth, MA, Miller, MW, Fogarty, ND, Santos, SR. Tracking Transmission of Apicomplexan Symbionts in Diverse Caribbean Corals. PLOS One 8:e80618 (2013) Request
Shoguchi, E., Shinzato, C., Kawashima, T. Gyoja, F., Mungpakdee S., Koyanagi R, Takeuchi T, Hisata K, Tanaka M, Fujiwara M, Hamada M, Seidi, A, Fujie M, Usami T, Goto H, Yamasaki S, Arakaki N, Suzuki Y, Sugano S, Toyoda A, Kuroki Y, Fujiyama A, Medina M, Coffroth MA, Bhattacharya D and Satoh N. Draft assembly of the Symbiodinium genome reveals dinoflagellate gene structure. Current Biology 23:1-10 (2013) Request
Poland, PM, Mansfield, JM, Lewis, CL, Shearer, TL, Connelly, S, Kirk, NL, Coffroth, MA Inter-annual and habitat variation in Symbiodinium acquisition. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 476:23-37 (2013) Request
Evans, MJ, Coffroth, MA, Lasker, HR Effects of predator exclusion on recruit survivorship in an octocoral (Briareum asbestinum) and a scleractinian coral (Porites astreoides). Coral Reefs 32: 597-601 (2013) Request


Stern, R. F., Andersen, R.A., Ian Jameson, I., Küpper, F.C., Coffroth, M.A., Vaulot, D., Le Gall, F., Veron, B., Brand, B., Skelton, B., Kasai, F., Lilly, E., Keeling, P.J. The ribosomal internal transcribed spacer is a candidate for a universal dinoflagellate barcode marker. PLoS One10.1371/journal.pone.0042780 (2012) Request
Bayer, T., Aranda M., Sunagawa, S., Yum, L.K.,. DeSalvo, M.K., Lindquist, E., Schwarz, J., Coffroth, M.A.,. Voolstra, C.R., Medina, M. Symbiodinium transcriptomes: Genome insights into the dinoflagellate symbionts of reef-building corals. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35269. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035269 (2012) Request


Casado-Amezua, P. Garcia-Jimenez, R., Kersting, D.K., Templado, J., Coffroth, M.A., Merino, P., Acevedo, I., Machordom, A. Development of microsatellite markers as a tool for conservation studies of the Mediterranean pillow coral Cladocora caespitosa. Journal of Heredity 102:622-626 (2011) Request
Voolstra, C., Sunagawa, S., Matz, M;, Bayer, T., Aranda, M, DeSalvo, M., Lindquist, E., Szmant, A., Coffroth, MA., Medina, M. Rapid evolution of coral proteins responsible for interaction with the environment PLoS ONE 6, 10.1371/journal.pone.002039 (2011) Request


Stern, R., Horak, A., Andrew, R., Coffroth, MA, Andersen, RA, Kupper, FC, Jameson, I, Hoppenrath, M, Veron B, Kasai, F, Brand, J, Keeling, PJ Environmental barcoding reveals massive dinoflagellate diversity in marine environments. PLoS One 5
(11): e13991. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013991 (2010)
Coffroth MA, Poland DM, Petrou EL, Brazeau DA and Holmberg JC. Environmental symbiont acquisition may not be the solution to warming seas for reef building corals. PLoS One 5(10): e13258. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013258 (2010) Request


Hannes AR, Barbeitos M, and Coffroth MA. Temporal stability in symbiotic dinoflagellate diversity in the octocoral Briareum asbestinum Mar Ecol Prog Ser 391: 65-72 (2009) Request
Kirk, NL, Andras, JP, Harvell, CD, Santos, SR, Coffroth, MA. Population structure of Symbiodinium associated with the common sea fan, Gorgonia ventalina, in the Florida Keys across distance, depth, and time. Marine Biology 156:1608-1623 DOI 10.1007/s00227-009-1196-z (2009) Request
Voolstra, C, Schwarz, J, Schnetzer, J. Sunagawa, S., DeSalvo, M. Szmant, A., Coffroth, M.A., Medina, M. The host transcriptome remains unaltered during the establishment of coral-algal symbiosis Molecular Ecology 18: 1823-1833 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04167.x (2009) Request
Botsford L.W , White J.W., Coffroth M.-A., Paris C.B., Planes S., Shearer T.L., Thorrold S.R., Jones, G.P. Connectivity and resilience of coral reef metapopulations in marine protective areas: matching empirical efforts to predictive needs. Coral Reefs 28:327-337 DOI 10.1007/s00338-009-0466-z (2009) Request
Andras JP, Kirk NL, Coffroth MA, Harvell CD Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in Symbiodinium B1/B184, the dinoflagellate symbiont of the Caribbean sea fan coral, Gorgonia ventalina Molecular Ecology Resources 9:989-993 (2009) Request
Voolstra CR, Sunagawa S, Schwarz JA, Coffroth MA, Yellowless, D, Leggat W, Medina M. Evolutionary analysis of orthologous cDNA sequences from cultured and symbiotic dinoflagellate symbionts of reef-building corals (Dinophyceae: Symbiodinium) Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology part D: Genomics and Proteomics 4:67-74 (2009) Request
van Oppen ,M.J.H., Baker, A.C., Coffroth, MA, Willis, B.L. Bleaching resistance and the role of algal endosymbionts . In: Coral Bleaching: Patterns, Processes, Causes and Consequences eds; J. Loudh and M. van Oppen. Springer Ecological Series. (2009) Request


DeSalvo MK, Voolstra CR, Sunagawa S, Schwarz JA, Stillman JH, Coffroth MA, Szmant AM, Medina M. Differential gene expression during thermal stress and bleaching in the Caribbean coral Montastraea faveolata Molecular Ecology 17:3952-3971 (2008) Request
Schwarz, J.A., Brokstein, P., Voolstra, C., Terry, A.Y., Miller, D.J., Szmant, A.M., Coffroth, M.A., Medina, M. Coral Life History and Symbiosis: functional genomic resources for two reef building Caribbean corals, Acropora palmata and Montastrea faveolata BMC Genomics 9:97 (2008) Request
Shearer, T.L. and Coffroth, MA Barcoding corals: limited by interspecific divergence, not intraspecific variation Molecular Ecology Notes 8:247-255 (2008) Request


Coffroth, MA, Lewis, CL, Santos, SR, Weaver, JL. Environmental populations of symbiotic dinoflagellates in the genus Symbiodinium (Freudenthal) can initiate symbioses with reef cnidarians Current Biology 16:985-987 (2006) Request
Shearer, TL and Coffroth, MA Genetic identification of Caribbean scleractinian coral recruits at the Flower Garden Banks and the Florida Keys. Marine Ecology Progress Series 306: 115-124 (2006) Request


Kirk, N., Ward, J. Harvell, D. and Coffroth, M.A. Zooxanthella diversity within diseased and healthy seafans (Gorgonia, Octocorallinacea). Biological Bulletin. 209:227-234 (2005) Request
Coffroth, M.A. and Santos, S.R. Genetic diversity in Symbiodinium Protist 156:19-34 (2005) (Invited review) Request
LaJeunesse TC, Lambert G, Andersen, RA, Coffroth, MA, Galbraith, DW Symbiodinium genome size is smallest among dinoflagellates J.Phycol. 44:880-886 (2005) Request
Shearer, T.L, Gutierrez-Rodriguez, C. and Coffroth, M.A. Generating molecular markers from zooxanthellate cnidarians. Coral Reefs 24:57-66 (2005) Request


Kim, E.A. B., Lasker, H.R., Coffroth, M.A. and Kim, K. Morphological and genetic variation across reef habitats in a broadcast-spawning gorgonian coral. Hydrobiologia 530/531:423-432. (2004) Request
Goulet, T.L. and Coffroth, MA. The genetic identity of dinoflagellate symbionts in Caribbean octocorals. Coral Reefs 23: 465-472 (2004) Request
Lewis, C.L. and Coffroth, M.A. The acquisition of exogenous algal symbionts by an octocoral after bleaching. Science 304: 1490-92 (2004) Request
Shearer, T.L. and Coffroth, M.A. Isolation of microsatellite loci from the scleractinian corals, Montastraea cavernosa and Porites astreoides Molecular Ecology Notes 4:435-37. (2004) Request
Santos, S.R, Shearer, T.L., Hannes, A.R. and Coffroth, M.A. Fine-scale diversity and specificity in the most prevalent lineage of symbiotic dinoflagellates (Symbiodinium, Dinophyceae) of the Caribbean. Molecular Ecology 13, 459-469 (2004) Request


Santos, S.R., Kinzie III, R.A., Sakai, K., and Coffroth, M.A. Molecular characterization of nuclear small subunit (18S)-rDNA pseudogenes in a symbiotic dinoflagellate (Symbiodinium, Dinophyta) J. Euk. Microbiology 50:417-421 (2003) Request
Santos, S.R., Gutierrez-Rodriguez, C and Coffroth, M.A. Phylogenetic identification of symbiotic dinoflagellates via length heteroplasmy in domain V of chloroplast large subunit (cp23S)-rDNA sequences. Marine Biotechnology 5:130-140 (2003) Request
Santos, S.R., Gutierrez-Rodriguez, C Lasker, H.R. and Coffroth, M.A. Patterns of Symbiodinium associations in the Caribbean gorgonian Pseudopterorgia elisabethae: high levels of genetic variability and population structure in symbiotic dinoflagellates of the Bahamas. Marine Biology 143:111-120 (2003) Request
Goulet, T.L. and Coffroth, MA. Long term temporal and spatial stability of an octocoral-aglal symbiosis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 250:117-124. (2003) Request
Santos, S.R. and Coffroth, M.A. Molecular genetic evidence that dinoflagellates belonging to the genus Symbiodinium Freudenthal are haploid. Biological Bulletin 204:10-20. (2003) Request
Goulet, T.L. and Coffroth, M.A. Genetic composition of zooxanthellae between and within colonies of the octocoral Plexaura kuna based on small subunit rDNA and multilocus DNA fingerprinting. Marine Biology 142:233-239. (2003) Request


Santos. S.R., Taylor, D.J., Kinzie III, R.A., Sakai, K., Coffroth, M.A. Molecular evolution of length variation and heteroplasmy in the chloroplast rDNA of symbiotic dinoflagellates. Phyocologia 41(4): 311-318 (includes issue cover) (2002) Request
Santos. S.R., Taylor, D.J., Kinzie III, R.A. Hidaka, M., Sakai, K., Coffroth, M.A. Molecular phylogeny of symbiotic dinoflagellates inferred from chloroplast large subunit (23S)-rDNA sequences Mole. Phylogen and Evol. 23:97-111. (2002) Request


Santos, S.R., Taylor, D.J. and Coffroth, M.A. Genetic comparisons of freshly isolated vs. cultured zooxanthellae: Implications for extrapolating to the intact symbiosis. J. Phycol. 37: 900-912. (2001) Request
Coffroth, M.A, Santos, S.R.,and Goulet, T.L Early ontogenic expression of specificity in a cnidarian-algal symbiosis. Mar. Ecol. Prog.Ser. 222:85-96. (2001) Request
Kinzie, R.A., Takayama, M., Santos, S.R., and Coffroth, M.A. The adaptive bleaching hypothesis: Experimental tests of critical assumptions. Biol. Bull. 200: 51-58. (2001) Request


Lasker, H.R. and Coffroth, M.A. Responses of clonal reef taxa to environmental change. American Zoologist 39:92-103. (1999) Request


Coffroth, M.A. and Lasker, H.R. Larval paternity and male reproductive success of a broadcast spawning gorgonian. Marine Biology 131:329-337. (1998) Request
Coffroth, M.A. and Lasker, H.R. Population structure of a clonal gorgonian coral: the interplay between clonal reproduction and disturbance. Evolution 52: 379-383. (1998) Request
Lasker, H.R., Kim, K. and Coffroth, M.A. Production, settlement and survival of plexaurid gorgonian recruits. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 162:111-123. (1998) Request


Lasker, H.R., Brazeau, D.A., Calderon, J., Coffroth, M.A., and Kim, K. In situ rates of fertilization among broadcast spawning gorgonian corals. Biol. Bull. 190:45-55. (1996) Request
Lasker, H.R., Kim, K. and Coffroth, M.A. Reproductive and genetic variation among Caribbean gorgonians: the differentiation of Plexaura kuna, new species. Bull. Mar. Sci. 58:277-288. (1996) Request


Coffroth, M.A. and Mulawka, J.M. Identification of marine invertebrate larvae by means of PCR-RAPD species specific markers. Limnol. Oceanogr. 40:181-189. (1995) Request


Zeh, D.W., May, C.A., Coffroth, M.A., Bermingham, E. Mbo I and Macrohaltica – quality of DNA fingerprints is strongly enzyme-dependent in an insect (Coleoptera). Molecular Ecology 2: 61-63. (1993) Request


Zeh, D.W., Zeh, J.A., Coffroth, M.A., Bermingham, E. Population-specific DNA fingerprints in a neotropical pseudoscorpion (Cordylochernes scorpioides). Heredity 69:201-208 (1992) Request
Coffroth, M.A., Lasker, H.R., Diamond, M.E., Bruenn, J.A., Bermingham, E. DNA fingerprints of a gorgonian coral: A method for detecting clonal structure in a vegetative species. Marine Biology 114:317-325. (1992) Request


Coffroth, M.A. Cyclical mucous sheet formation on poritid corals in the San Blas Islands, Panama. Mar. Biol. 109:35-40. (1991) Request


Coffroth, M.A. Mucous sheet formation on poritid corals: An evaluation of coral mucus as a nutrient source on reefs. Mar. Bio. 105: 39-49. (1990) Request
Coffroth, M.A., H.R. Lasker and J. Oliver. Coral mortality outside of the Eastern Pacific during 1982-83: Relationship to El Niño. In: P. W. Glynn (ed), Some ecological consequences of the 1982/1983 El Niño event to marine life. pp. 141-182. Elsevier, Amsterdam. (1990) Request


Lasker, H.R., M.A. Coffroth, and L.M. FitzGerald. Foraging patterns of Cyphoma gibbosum on octocorals: The role of host choice and feeding preference. Biol. Bull 174:254-266. (1988) Request
Lasker, H.R. and M.A. Coffroth. Temporal and spatial variability among grazers: Variability in the distribution of the gastropod Cyphoma gibbosum on octocorals. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 43:285-295. (1988) Request


Coffroth, M.A. Ingestion and incorporation of coral mucus aggregates by a gorgonian soft coral. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 17:193-199. (1984) Request
Lasker, H.R., Peters, E.C., and Coffroth, M.A. Bleaching of reef coelenterates in the San Blas Islands, Panama. Coral Reefs 3:183-190. (1984) Request


Lasker, H.R., Gottfried, M., and Coffroth, M.A. Effects of depth on the feeding capabilities of two octocorals. Mar. Biol:73:73-78. (1983) Request
Lasker, H.R. and Coffroth, M.A. Octocoral distributions at Carrie Bow Cay, Belize. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 13:21-28 (1983) Request