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Faculty & Staff Profiles

D. Abigail Renegar

Research Assistant


Marine Histology, Microscopy & Imaging Laboratory


Major Professor

Patricia Blackwelder, Ph.D.

Area(s) of Research

Principal research interests lie in scleractinian coral biology and conservation. Currently investigating coral stress response to land-based sources of pollution and ocean acidification at the histological and ultrastructural level. My dissertation research builds on the foundations of MS and current research activities to further elucidate coral cellular stress response, tissue repair processes, early calcification and reproduction. Understanding the influence of anthropogenic environmental factors on coral health is essential in the prediction and management of future coral condition and growth. Results of these studies will provide effective tools for management decisions and aid in the identification of strategies tailored to region-specific needs.


Purkis SJ, Renegar DA, Riegl BM (2011) The most temperature-adapted corals have an Achilles' Heel. Marine Pollution Bulletin 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. Proceedings 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. Marine Ecology Progress Series 293: 69-76.

Winkler R, Antonius A, Renegar DA (2004) The skeleton eroding band disease on coral reefs of Aquaba, Red Sea. Marine Ecology 25 (2): 129-144.