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 Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences | Faculty | Cheryl M. Woodley, Ph.D.

Cheryl M. Woodley, Ph.D.  

Research Interest:
Molecular genetics, cell physiology and biochemistry of corals. Research focuses *on the application of biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology and pathology to understanding the effects of biotic and abiotic stressors on coral health*. Our lab currently has projects involving assay development for various bioindicators (e.g., porphyrins, DNA damage, immune status), coral ESTs and coral-associated microbial community analyses. We are using these methodologies for an integrated approach to coral health assessment for Pacific and Caribbean reefs.

Selected Publications: 

1.  Elizabeth M. Fisher, John E. Fauth, Pamela Hallock, Cheryl M. Woodley. 2007. Lesion regeneration rates in reef-building corals (Montastraea spp.) as indicators of condition. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 339: 61-71.

2.  Craig A. Downs, John E. Fauth, Dana Wetzel, Pamela Hallock, Judith F. Halas, John C. Halas, Richard Curry and Cheryl M. Woodley. 2005. Investigating Coral Reef Degradation at Alina’s Reef in the Florida Keys: Cellular Physiology of White Grunt (Haemulon plumieri) as a Biological Indicator. Environ. Forensics J. 7: 15-32

3.  Richard Owen, Carys Mitchelmore, Cheryl Woodley, Hank Trapido Rosenthal, Tamara Galloway, Michael Depledge, Jim Readman, Lucy Buxton, Samia Sarkis, Ross Jones, and Anthony Knap. 2005. A common sense approach for confronting coral reef decline associated with human activities. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 51:481-485.

4.  Craig A. Downs, Cheryl M. Woodley, Robert H. Richmond, Lynda L. Lanning and Richard Owen. 2005. Shifting the Paradigm for Coral Reef ‘Health’ Assessment, Mar. Pollut. Bull. 51:486-494.

5.  Craig A. Downs, John E. Fauth, Charles E. Robinson, Richard Curry, Brenda Lanzendorf, John C. Halas, Judith Halas, and Cheryl M. Woodley. 2005 Cellular Diagnostics and Coral Health: Declining Coral Health in the Florida Keys. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 51:558-569.

Cheryl M. Woodley, Ph.D.
Cheryl M. Woodley, Ph.D.

Research Microbiologist
National Ocean Service, Charleston, SC

Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina

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