D. Abigail Renegar

Research Scientist
Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
(954) 262-3644



Coral Histology Laboratory

Coral Restoration/Toxicology Laboratory

NSU Land-Based Coral Nursery

Area(s) of Research

My principle research interests focus on scleractinian coral biology, conservation, and restoration, with emphasis on experimental evaluation of the impacts of climate change, ocean acidification, and land-based sources of pollution on coral biology and ecology. Particular areas of current interest include assessment of chronic nutrient exposure impacts and evaluation of single hydrocarbon, crude oil, and dispersed oil effect thresholds on scleractinian corals. Understanding the influence of anthropogenic environmental factors on coral health is essential in the prediction and management of future coral condition and growth.

I currently direct:

Renegar DA, Turner NR, Riegl BM, Dodge RE, Knap A, Schuler P (2016) Acute and sub-acute toxicity of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon 1-methylnaphthalene to the shallow-water coral Porites divaricata: Application of a novel exposure protocol. Environ Toxicol Chem. doi:10.1002/etc.3530

Glynn PW, Bayer FM, Renegar DA (2014) Coeloplana waltoni, a new species of minute benthic ctenophore (Ctenophora: Platyctenida) from south Florida. Proc Biol Soc Washington 127(2): 423-436.

Slattery M, Renegar DA, Gochfeld DJ (2013) Direct and indirect effects of a new disease of alcyonacean soft corals. Coral Reefs 32:879-889

Purkis SJ, Renegar DA, Riegl BM. (2011) The most temperature-adapted corals have an Achilles’ Heel. Mar Poll Bull 62(2): 246-250

Renegar DA, Blackwelder PL, Gochfeld DJ, Moulding AL (2008) Ultrastructural and histological analysis of dark spot syndrome (DSS) in Siderastrea siderea and Agaricia agaricites.  Proc. of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, July 2008, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Renegar DA, Blackwelder PL, Moulding AL (2008) Coral ultrastructural response to elevated pCO2 and nutrients during tissue repair and regeneration.  Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, July 2008, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Renegar DA, Riegl BM (2005) Effect of nutrient enrichment and elevated CO2 partial pressure on growth rate of Atlantic scleractinian coral Acropora cervicornis. Mar Eco Prog Ser 293: 69-76.

Winkler R, Antonius A, Renegar DA (2004) The Skeleton Eroding Band Disease on Coral Reefs of Aquaba, Red Sea. Mar Ecol, 25 (2): 129–144.