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Loren Coen

Florida Atlantic University

Address: Department of Biological Sciences and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University
Phone: 239.470.2236


Ph.D.,1987, University of Maryland, College Park

Research Interests

  • marine ecology
  • benthic ecology
  • shellfish biology

Current and Planned Research Projects

  • oyster reef ecology, restoration, functioning and associated ecosystem services
  • remote sensing of intertidal habitats
  • real-time water quality monitoring
  • benthic ecology, plant-animal interactions, landscape ecology, living shorelines


  • Milbrandt, E.C., R.D. Bartleson, L.D. Coen, A. Rybak, M.A. Thompson, J. DeAngelo, and P. Stevens, 2012.  Local and regional effects of reopening a tidal inlet on estuarine water quality, seagrass habitat, and fish assemblages.  Continental Shelf Research 41:1–16.
  • Ermgassen, P.S.E. zu, M.D. Spalding, P. Banks, B. Blake, L. Coen, B. Dumbauld, S. Geiger, J.H. Grabowski, R. Grizzle, M. Luckenbach, K. McGraw, B. Rodney, J. Ruesink, S. Powers, and R. Brumbaugh, 2012. Historical ecology with real numbers: Past and present extent and biomass of an imperilled estuarine ecosystem. Proc. Royal Acad. Lond., B. 279 (1742):3393-3400.
  • Coen, L.D., B.R Dumbauld, and M.L. Judge, 2011.  Expanding shellfish aquaculture: a review of the ecological services provided by and impacts of native and cultured bivalves in shellfish-dominated ecosystems.  In: Shellfish aquaculture and the environment, S.E. Shumway, Ed., Wiley-Blackwell
  • Beck, M.W., R.D. Brumbaugh, L. Airoldi, A. Carranza, L.D. Coen, C. Crawford, O. Defeo, G.J. Edgar, B. Hancock., M.C. Kay, H.S. Lenihan, M.W. Luckenbach, C.L. Toropova, G. Zhang, and X. Guo, 2011.  Oyster reefs at risk and recommendations for conservation, restoration and management.  BioScience 61:107–116.
  • Hadley, N.H., M. Hodges, D.H. Wilber, and L.D. Coen, 2010.  Evaluating intertidal oyster reef development in South Carolina using associated faunal indicators.  Restoration Ecology 18:691-701.
  • Beck, M.W., R.D. Brumbaugh, L. Airoldi, A. Carranza, L.D. Coen, C. Crawford, O. Defeo, G.J. Edgar, B. Hancock, M. Kay, H. Lenihan, M.W. Luckenbach, C.L. Toropova, and G. Zhang, 2009.  Shellfish reefs at risk: a global analysis of problems and solutions, The Nature Conservancy, 52pp.
  • Brumbaugh, R.D. and L.D. Coen, 2009. Contemporary approaches for small-scale oyster reef restoration to address substrate versus recruitment limitation: a review and comments relevant for the Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida (Carpenter, 1864).  J. Shellfish Res. 28:147-161.