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F. Joel Fodrie

F. Joel Fodrie

(252) 726-6841 ext. 149
(252) 726-2426
3431 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
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Curriculum vitae (CV)

Estuarine and fisheries ecology website


Ph.D. Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; University of California, San Diego, 2006
B.A. Biology with Highest Honors and History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999

Research Interests

Joel Fodrie is an estuarine ecologist who studies the population dynamics of fishes and shellfish, as well as the biogenic habitats they rely on such as seagrass meadows, salt marshes, and oyster reefs. His research studies have occurred along all three major U.S. coastlines, and broadly examines linkages between habitat and fisheries production, movement ecology (landscape to population connectivity scales), coastal marine food-web interactions or trophic energy flows, and long-term population and community responses to natural and human-influenced stressors.

Research and Activities

Select Current Grants (only UNC dollars listed)

  • $657,490 – Lead PI: NCC via NCGA (2022-2025) Review of ecological and management status of North Carolina coastal fisheries and habitats
  • $418,033 – UNC Lead PI: Multiple public and private sources; NCAG, NCGA, NCWHF, NCCCA, DEWRF, NCC, NCSG (2019-2024) New River Estuary Oyster Highway
  • $119,983 – Lead PI: NCSG (2022-2024) Long-term water temperature patterns in NC estuaries: a key for gauging and predicting ecosystem heath in an era of global change
  • $330,395 – Lead PI: NSF – MSA (2019-2022) Collaborative Proposal: MSA: Environmental and anthropogenic drivers of decadal-scale changes in estuarine fish alpha and beta diversity from local to biogeographic scales

Selected Publications

Select Recent Papers (98 total published/submitted)

  • Duffy, JE, JJ Stachowicz, PL Reynolds, EE Sotka, KA Hovel, C Bostrom, KE Boyer, M Cusson, J Eklof, AH Engelen, BK Eriksson, FJ Fodrie, JN Griffin, CM      Hereu, M Hori, AR Hughes, MV Ivanov, M Jahnke, P Jorgensen, C Kruschel, K-S Lee, JS Lefcheck, P-O Moksnes, M Nakaoka, MI O’Connor, NE O’Connor, RJ Orth, BJ Peterson, H Reiss, K Reiss, JP Richardson, F Rossi, JL Ruesink, ST Schultz, J Thormar, F Tomas, R Unsworth, E Voigt, MA Whalen, SL Ziegler, JL Olsen (2022) A Pleistocene legacy structures variation in modern seagrass ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119: e2121425119.
  • Tice-Lewis, M, YS Zhang, SG Redding, NL Lindquist, AB Rodriguez, C Fieseler, QA Walker, FJ Fodrie (2022) Coastal squeeze on temperate reefs: long-term shifts in salinity, water quality, and oyster-associated communities. Ecological Applications 32: e2609
  • Yarnall, AH, JE Byers, LA Yeager, and FJ Fodrie (2022) Comparing fragmentation and edge effects on seagrass communities: a meta-analysis. Ecology 103: e3603.
  • Plumlee, JD, MD Kenworthy, RK Gittman, DA Keller, EE Garnet, L Vaca-Pita, LA Carr, FJ Fodrie (2022) Remarkable euryhalinity of a marine fish Lutjanus novemfasciatus in mangrove nurseries. Ecology 103: e03582.
  • Swinea, SH, and FJ Fodrie (2021) Gulf fisheries supported resilience in the decade following unparalleled oiling. Ecosphere 12e03801.
  • Benavides, MT, FJ Fodrie, SR Fegley, and G Bargione (2021) Size changes within a southeast United States coastal shark assemblage: 1975-2018. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 13: 228–239.
  • Fodrie, FJ, KL Heck Jr, CFT Andrus, and SP Powers (2020) Determinants of the nursery role of seagrass meadows in the sub-tropical Gulf of Mexico: inshore-offshore connectivity for snapper and grouper. Marine Ecology Progress Series 647: 135-147.
  • Ziegler, SL, KW Able, and FJ Fodrie (2019) Dietary shifts across biogeographic scales alter spatial subsidy dynamics. Ecosphere 10: e02980.
  • Kenworthy, MD, JH Grabowski, CA Layman, GD Sherwood, SP Powers, CH Peterson, RK Gittman, DA Keller, and FJ Fodrie (2018) Movement ecology of a higher-order predator reveals limited landscape-scale connectivity within a temperate estuary. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75: 1990-1998.
  • Fodrie, FJ, AB Rodriguez, RK Gittman, JH Grabowski, NL Lindquist, CH Peterson, MF Piehler, and JT Ridge (2017) Oyster reefs as carbon sources and sinks. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences 284: 20170891.
  • Yeager, LA, DA Keller, TR Burns, A Pool, and FJ Fodrie (2016) Threshold effects of habitat fragmentation on fish diversity at landscapes scales. Ecology 97: 2157–2166.
  • Gittman, RK, CH Peterson, CA Currin, FJ Fodrie, MF Piehler, and JF Bruno (2016) Living shorelines can enhance the nursery role of threatened coastal habitats. Ecological Applications 26: 249-263.
  • 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.