Ryan Eckert

Ryan Eckert

Integrative Biology
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute  ()

FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute 5600 US 1 North Fort Pierce, FL 34946
 (772) 242 - 2396

Research interests

Ryan is presently a Ph.D. candidate working in the lab of ​Dr. Joshua Voss at Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. He is broadly interested in mesophotic coral ecosystems, their connectivity with shallow coral reefs, and how they differ in terms of community structure, population structure, symbioses, and biological processes.


  Please note that only publications relevant to mesophotic reefs are indexed.

Lionfish (Pterois volitans [Linnaeus, 1758] and P. miles [Bennett, 1828]) records within mesophotic depth ranges on natural banks in the Northweste... | article
Nuttall MF, Johnston MA, Eckert RJ, Embesi JA, Hickerson EL, Schmahl GP (2014)
BioInvasions Rec 3:111-115

Depth Influences Symbiodiniaceae Associations Among Montastraea cavernosa Corals on the Belize Barrier Reef | article
Eckert RJ, Reaume AM, Sturm AB, Studivan MS, Voss JD (2020)
Front Microbiol

Populations of the coral species Montastraea cavernosa on the Belize Barrier Reef lack vertical connectivity | article
Eckert RJ, Studivan MS, Voss JD (2019)
Sci Rep 9:7200

The Mesoamerican Reef | chapter
Gress E, Voss JD, Eckert RJ, Rowlands G, Andradi-Brown DA (2019)
in: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems (Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019) by Yossi L, Puglise KA, Bridge T
Population genetic structure of the great star coral, Montastraea cavernosa, across the Cuban archipelago with comparisons between microsatellite a... | article
Sturm AB, Eckert RJ, Méndez JG, González-Díaz P, Voss JD (2020)
Sci Rep 10:1-15

Depth-dependent genetic structuring of a depth-generalist coral and its Symbiodiniaceae algal communities at Campeche Bank, Mexico | article
Sturm AB, Eckert RJ, Carreiro AM, Simoes N, Voss JD (2022)
Front Mar Sci 9:835789

Population genetic structure of the broadcast spawning coral, Montastraea cavernosa, demonstrates refugia potential of upper mesophotic populations... | article
Sturm AB, Eckert RJ, Carreiro AM, Voss JD (2022)
Coral Reefs 41:587-598

Research keywords
Research platform experience
  Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
  Coring / drilling
  Surface-deployed sensors and samplers
  In-situ instrumentation
  SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)
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Research summary (from publications)