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Peter Etnoyer

NOAA, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment

Address: 219 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.460.9659


M.E.M., 2001, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment
Ph.D., 2009, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Harte Research Institute

Research Interests

  • Deep-sea benthic ecology, commensal and agonistic interactions
  • Distribution and diversity of deep-sea corals, particularly octocorals
  • Big data, analytics, data visualization and data management
  • Health and condition of deep-sea corals relative to anthropogenic stressors
  • Habitat suitability modeling and marine protected area network design

Current and planned research projects

  • Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI): Exploring Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems off the Southeast U.S. (2016 - 2019) Funded by NOAA Deep-Sea Coral and Research Technology Program
  • Population connectivity of Deepwater Corals in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (2017 - 2018) Funded by RESTORE Act Ecosystem Science Program
  • Gulf of Mexico and Southeast US Deep Sea Coral Atlas and Habitat Suitability Modeling Projects (2016 - 2019) Funded by Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management
  • Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (2014 - 2019)  Funded by NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
  • NOAA National Database of Deep Sea Corals (2014 - ongoing) Funded by Deep-Sea Coral and Research Technology Program


  • Etnoyer, PJ, D Wagner, HA Fowle, M Poti, B Kinlan, SE Georgian, and EE Cordes. (2017) Models of habitat suitability, size, and age-class structure for the deep-sea black coral Leiopathes glaberrima in the Gulf of Mexico, In Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, ISSN 0967-0645,
  • Frometa, J, M Delorenzo, EC Pisarski, and PJ Etnoyer (2017) Toxicity of oil and dispersants on the deep-water gorgonian octocoral Swiftia exserta, with implications for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Marine Pollution Bulletin Vol 122, p 91-99.
  • Etnoyer, PJ, LN Wickes, M Silva, JD Dubrick, E Salgado, IR MacDonald (2016) Decline in condition of gorgonian octocorals at mesophotic reefs in the northwest Gulf of Mexico: before and after Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Coral Reefs vol. 35, 1: 77-90.
  • Silva M, Etnoyer PJ, MacDonald IR (2015) Coral injuries observed at mesophotic reefs after the Deepwater Horizon oil discharge. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. Volume 129, pp 96-107.
  • Quattrini AM, Etnoyer PJ, Daughty C, English L, Falco R, Remon N, Rittinghouse M, Cordes EE (2013) A phylogenetic approach to octocoral community structure in the deep Gulf of Mexico. Deep-Sea Res.II
  • Etnoyer, PJ, Sanchez JA, Wirshing HH (2010) Rapid Assessment of Octocoral Diversity and Habitat on Saba Bank, Netherlands Antilles. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10668.