Loren Coen

Florida Atlantic University

Address: Department of Biological Sciences and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University
Phone: 239.470.2236
E-mail: lcoen1@fau.edu


Ph.D.,1987, University of Maryland, College Park
M.S., 1979, Florida State University

Research Interests

  • Marine and benthic ecology
  • Restoration ecology
  • Assessment of shellfish habitats

Current and Planned Research Projects

  • oyster reef ecology, related development, restoration and associated ecosystem services, see http://www.oyster-restoration.org
  • remote sensing of intertidal oyster habitats
  • living shorelines, ecological engineering, coastal resilience


  • Chowdhury, M.S.N., K.S. Reece, S.S. Joy, L.D. Coen, and A.C. Smaal, 2021.  Morphological and mitochondrial DNA analyses of oysters in the northern Bay of Bengal (Bangladesh). J. Shellfish Res. 40:213-229.
  • Chowdhury, M.S.N., M. La Peyre, L.D. Coen, R.L. Morris, M.W. Luckenbach, T. Ysebaert, B. Walles, and A.C. Smaal, 2021.  Ecological engineering with oysters enhances coastal resilience efforts.  Ecological Engineering 169, 106320
  • Grizzle, R.E., A. Rasmussen, A.J. Martignette, K. Ward, and L.D. Coen, 2018.  Mapping seston depletion over an intertidal eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) reef, and the implications for multiple habitat restoration.  Estuaries, Coastal Shelf Sci. 212:265-272.
  • Radabaugh, K.R. S.P. Geiger, R.P. Moyer, and L.D. Coen, and others Editors, 2018.  Oyster Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program Report for the State of Florida.  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, St. Petersburg, Florida. https://myfwc.com/research/habitat/coastal-wetlands/projects/oimmp/
  • National Research Council (NRC), 2017.  Coen, Coauthor, Effective monitoring to evaluate ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico.  Committee on Effective Approaches for Monitoring and Assessing Gulf of Mexico Restoration Activities, National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 219pp. see http://www.nap.edu/read/23476/chapter/1 ISBN: 978-0-309-44037-0, DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/23476
  • Coen, L.D. and A. Humphries, 2017.  Oyster-generated marine habitats: their services, enhancement, restoration, and monitoring. Pp.275-295.  In: S. Murphy, and S. Allison, Eds., Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration. Taylor & Francis Group, Routledge, Cambridge, U.K.
  • Coen, L.D., and R.E. Grizzle, 2016.  Bivalve Molluscs. Pp. 89-109.  In: M.J. Kennish, Ed.  Encyclopedia of Estuaries. Springer, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York, London.
  • Milbrandt, E.C., M. Thompson, L.D. Coen, R.E. Grizzle, and K. Ward, 2015.  A multiple habitat restoration strategy in a semi-enclosed Florida embayment, combining hydrologic restoration, mangrove propagule plantings and oyster substrate additions.  Ecological Engineering 83:394–404.
  • Coen, L.D., and M.J. Bishop, 2015.  The ecology, evolution, impacts and management of host–parasite interactions of marine molluscs Review Article, N. Carrasco, S. Ford, and R. Anderson, Eds., Pathogens and Disease Processes in Marine Molluscs. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 131:177–211.
  • Baggett, L.P., S.P. Powers, R.D. Brumbaugh, L.D Coen, B. DeAngelis, J. Greene, B. Hancock, S. Morlock, B. Allen, D. Breitburg, D. Bushek, J.H. Grabowski, R. Grizzle, T. Grosholz, M. La Peyre, M. Luckenbach, K. McGraw, M.F. Piehler, S. Westby, and P.S.E. zu Ermgassen, 2015.  Setting guidelines for evaluating performance of oyster habitat restoration.  Restoration Ecology 23:737–745.
  • Garcia, R.N., K.W. Chung, P.B. Key, L. Burnett, L.D. Coen, and M.E. DeLorenzo, 2014.  Toxicity of mosquito control insecticides in larval and juvenile Eastern oysters and hard clams, and interactive effects of hypoxia and elevated CO2. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 66:450–462.
  • Coen, L.D., 2014. Biorock™, electricity, and other restoration approaches.  A review of: Innovative Methods of Marine Ecosystem Restoration, Edited by Thomas Goreau and Robert Trench. Ecology 95(3):790-791.
  • Baggett, L.P., S.P. Powers, R. Brumbaugh, L.D. Coen, B. DeAngelis, J. Green, B. Hancock, and S. Morlock, 2014.  A handbook for monitoring guidelines and criteria for judging the performance of oyster restoration projects.  TNC Report, Arlington, VA, 96pp.
  • Grizzle, R.E., and L.D. Coen, 2013.  Slow-down and reach out (and we’ll be there): a response to “shellfish as living infrastructure” by Kate Orff.  Ecological Restoration 31:325-329.
  • zu Ermgassen, P.S.E. zu, M.D. Spalding, P. Banks, B. Blake, L.D. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Ch. 9, 239-295, 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.
  • Coen, L.D., R.D. Brumbaugh, D. Bushek, R. Grizzle, M.W. Luckenbach, M.H. Posey, S.P. Powers, and G. Tolley, 2007.  AS WE SEE IT.  A broader view of ecosystem services related to oyster restoration.  Mar Ecol. Prog. Ser. 341:303–307.