Cindy Cooksey

NOAA Fisheries/Habitat Conservation Division

Address: 219 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.460.9922


M.A., 1996, Marine Science, College of William and Mary

Research Interests

  • Estuarine and marine resource management, regulatory and policy; Environmental monitoring and assessments

Current and planned research projects

  • assessment of created/restored salt marsh systems
  • dredge material management and beneficial uses
  • impact of dock design on salt marsh productivity


  • Balthis WL, Hyland JL, Cooksey C, Montagna PA, Baguley JG, Ricker RW, Lewis C. 2017. Sediment Quality Benchmarks for Assessing Oil-Related Impacts to the Deep-Sea Benthos.  Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 13(5): 840-851.DeLorenzo, M.E., Key, P.B., Chung, K.W., Sapozhnikova, Y., Fulton, M.H. (2013). Comparative toxicity of pyrethroid insecticides to two estuarine crustacean species, Americamysis bahia and Palaemonetes pugio. Environmental Toxicology.
  • Reuscher MG, Baguley JG, Conrad-Forrest N, Cooksey C, Hyland JL, Lewis C, et al. (2017) Temporal patterns of Deepwater Horizon impacts on the benthic infauna of the northern Gulf of Mexico continental slope. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0179923.
  • Montagna PA, Baguley, JG, Cooksey C, Hyland JL. 2016. Persistent Impacts to the Deep Soft-Bottom Benthos One Year After the Deepwater Horizon Event. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, DOI: 10.1002/ieam.1791.
  • Baguley, JG, Montagna PA, Cooksey C, Hyland JL, Hyun WB, Morrison C, et al. 2015. Community response of deep-sea soft-sediment metazoan meiofauna to the Deepwater Horizon blow out and oil spill. Marine Ecology Progress Series 528: 127-140.
  • Balthis, WL, Cooksey C, Fulton MF, Hyland JL, Riekerk GHM, Van Dolah RF, Wirth EH. (2014). National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs) of the Southeastern U.S.: An Integrated Assessment of Habitat Quality. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 11:266-275.
  • Montagna PA, Baguley JG, Cooksey C, Hartwell I, Hyde LJ, et al. (2013) Deep-Sea Benthic Footprint of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout. PLoS ONE 8(8): e70540. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070540.
  • Hyland J, Cooksey C, Balthis WL, Fulton M, Bearden D, McFall G, Kendall M. 2006. The soft-bottom macrobenthos of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and nearby shelf waters off the coast of Georgia, USA. J. Exper. Mar. Biol. Ecol., 330: 307-326.
  • Balthis WL, Hyland JL, Fulton MH, Pennington PL, Cooksey C, Key PB, DeLorenzo ME, Wirth EF. 2010. Effects of chemically spiked sediments on estuarine benthic communities: a controlled mesocosm study. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 161:191-203.
  • Engle VD, Hyland JL, Cooksey C. 2009. Effects of Hurricane Katrina on benthic macroinvertbrate communities along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 150:193-209.
  • Cooksey C, Hyland J. 2007. Sediment quality of the Lower St. Johns River, Florida: An integrative assessment of benthic fauna, sediment-associated stressors, and general habitat characteristics. Marine Pollution Bulletin 54:9-21.
  • Breitburg DL, Steinburg N, DuBeau S, Cooksey C, Houde ED. 1994. Effects of low dissolved oxygen on predation on estuarine fish larvae. Marine Ecology Progress Series 104: 235-246.