Gretchen is a reef ecologist whose research is focused on understanding how coral reef ecosystems function in order to maintain biodiversity. Her research program combines large-scale in situ ecological surveys, laboratory based manipulative experiments, and molecular ecology to address questions related to the health, evolution, and resilience of coral reefs, ranging from shallow inshore reefs to the mesophotic zone. Her current research projects include assessing biodiversity and ecosystem function on mesophotic reefs, ecological impacts of the invasive lionfish, and reproductive ecology of scleractinian corals across a depth gradient.

Gretchen received her PhD from Harvard University in 2009, where she examined how the mode of reproduction affects genetic connectivity for two corals species in the Western Atlantic. As a postdoctoral scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory, she focused on reef restoration and coral larval ecology. She also investigated how exposure of coral larvae to oil and dispersant chemicals from the Deep Water Horizon oil spill affects settlement and survival. Prior to joining the faculty at BIOS, Gretchen held a position as a EURIAS Fellow at the University of Bologna where she carried out research on Mediterranean corals.

Research Interests:
Invertebrate life histories and evolution, focusing primarily on scleractinian corals. Reproductive timing and its effects on larval life history; settlement success and juvenile growth in response to various environmental and biological factors, including substrate composition, grazing pressure, and anthropogenic pollutants; coral reef restoration; local and regional genetic diversity; gene flow and population connectivity of coral reefs in Bermuda and the Caribbean.

Educational Background:
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA  2003 - 2009
 -PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Northeastern University, Boston, MA  2001 - 2002
 -Three Seas Marine Biology Program
University of Georgia, Athens, GA 1997 - 2001
 -B.Sc. in Biology, Cum Laude
Semester Abroad, Oxford University, Keble College -1999
UGA Classics Program Abroad, Rome, Italy -1998

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Further Information:
Reef Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Ocean Acidification and Coral Gene Expression

Selected Publications:

Andradi-Brown, DA, Vermeij, MJA, Slattery, M, Lesser, M, Bejarano, I, Appeldoorn, R, Goodbody-Gringley, G, Chequer, AD, Pitt, JM, Eddy, C, Smith, SR, Brokovich, E, Pinheiro, HT, Jessup, E, Shepherd, B, Rocha, LA, Curtis-Quick, J, Eyal, G, Noyes, T, Rogers, AD, Exton, DA (In Press) Use of mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) by invasive western Atlantic and native Indo-Pacific lionfish. Biological Conservation

Eddy, C, Pitt, J, Morris, J, Smith, S, Goodbody-Gringley, G, Bernal, D (2016) Diet and prey selectivity of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) in Bermuda. MEPS 558: 193–206

Goodbody-Gringley, G and de Putron, S (2016) Brooding cnidarians: planulation patterns, larval behavior, and recruitment dynamics. In: Goffredo, S and Dubinsky, Z (Eds.) The Cnidaria, past, present and future. The world of Medusa and her sisters. Springer

Pinheiro, H, Goodbody-Gringley, G, Jessup, EM, Shepherd, B, Chequer, AD, Rocha, LA (2015) Upper and lower mesophotic coral reef fish communities evaluated by underwater visual census in the Caribbean. Coral Reefs DOI 10.1007/s00338-015-1381-0

Goodbody-Gringley, G, Marchini, C, Chequer, AD, Goffredo, G (2015) Population structure of the Great star coral, Montastraea cavernosa, on mesophotic reefs in Bermuda. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0142427. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142427

Rivera, HE, and Goodbody-Gringley, G (2014) Aggregation and cnidae development as early defensive strategies in Favia fragum and Porites astreoides. Coral Reefs 33: 1079-1084.

Kenkel, CD, Goodbody-Gringley, G, Caillaud, D, Davies, SW, Bartels, E, Matz, MV (2013) Evidence for a host role in thermotolerance divergence between populations of the mustard hill coral (Porites astreoides) from different reef environments. Molecular Ecology 22: 4335-4348.

Goodbody-Gringley, G, Wetzel, DL, Gillion, D, Pulster, E, Miller, A, Ritchie, KB (2013) Toxicity of Deepwater Horizon source oil and the chemical dispersant, Corexit 9500, to coral larvae. PLoS ONE 8(1): e45574. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045574

Goodbody-Gringley, G, Woollacott, RM, Giribet, G (2012) Population structure and connectivity of the Atlantic scleractinian coral Montastraea cavernosa (Linnaeus, 1766). Marine Ecology 33: 32-48.

Goodbody-Gringley, G (2010) Diel planulation by the brooding coral Favia fragum (Esper). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 389: 70-74.

Gretchen is currently accepting interns.