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F. Joel Fodrie

F. Joel Fodrie

(252) 726-6841 ext. 149
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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

Active Grants:
$119,983 Lead PI: North Carolina Sea Grant (Awarded: 2022-2024) “Assessing long-term water temperature patterns in North Carolina estuaries: a key for gauging and predicting ecosystem heath in an era of global change” (Effort: 4.15% yr-1)

$24,978 Lead PI: North Carolina Sea Grant (2021-2022) “Using adaptive management to guide the next phase of the New River Estuary Oyster Highway” (No funded effort)

$20,000 Lead PI: North Carolina Policy Collaboratory (2021) “Gauging the conservation and socioeconomic outcomes of net regulations in North Carolina” (Effort: 4.15% yr-1)

$25,000 Lead PI: North Carolina Sea Grant (2020-2022) “Determining the ecological impacts of shellfish relay in North Carolina” (No funded effort)

$145,722 Lead PI: NCDMF Coastal Recreational Fishing License (2020-2021) “Evaluating and optimizing restoration targets and multi-substrate monitoring methods for North Carolina’s Oyster Sanctuary Program” (Effort: 8.3% yr-1)

$16,609 UNC Lead PI: NCDMF Coastal Recreational Fishing License (2020-2021) “Evaluating the current productivity and suitability of North Carolina’s designated estuarine nursery areas” (Effort: 4.15% yr-1)

$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” (Effort: 8.3% yr-1)

Selected Publications

Representative Publications (10 of >90)

Yarnall, AH, JE Byers, LA Yeager, and FJ Fodrie (in press) Comparing fragmentation and edge effects on seagrass communities: a meta-analysis. Ecology

Plumlee, JD, MD Kenworthy, RK Gittman, DA Keller, EE Garnet, L Vaca-Pita, LA Carr, FJ Fodrie (in press) Remarkable euryhalinity of a marine fish Lutjanus novemfasciatus in mangrove nurseries. Ecology

Swinea, SH, and FJ Fodrie (in press) Gulf fisheries supported resilience in the decade following unparalleled oiling. Ecosphere DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.3801

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.

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, 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.

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.