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Robert van Woesik

University: FIT

Position: Professor Biological Sciences Florida Institute of Technology

Department(s): Department of Biological Sciences

Organization: FIT

Location: Melbourne, FL, 32901

Phone: 321-674-8000 ext.7475

Website: my.fit.edu/~rvw/


My research interests are broad but ultimately linked to population ecology of scleractinian corals. Research includes the spatial and temporal assessment of coral assemblages and the application of that ecology to the management of coral reefs. My approach is often multi-disciplinary utilizing a combination of empirical and mathematical techniques. Ultimately, I am interested in understanding vital rates and key processes that underlie and drive state variables on coral reefs. Most recently, I have become interested in ecological questions related to thermal stress, coral bleaching and predictive modeling of coral population trajectories under different climate-change scenarios.

Application Sectors

  • Coastal Ecosystems


  • Ecology


  • Coral reefs: specifically the capacity of reef corals to adapt to climate change.


  • Bio 4720 Marine Ecology
  • Bio5140 Coral Ecology
  • Bio4517 Modeling for ecology & biology
  • Bio5517 Modeling for ecology & biology