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

  • Connectivity of Coral Ecosystems in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico (2019 - 2024), sponsored by NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Center for Sponsored Cooperative Research
  • 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
  • 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


  • Stewart, JA, LF Robinson, RD Day, I Strawson, A Burke, JWB Rae, PT Spooner, A Samperiz, PJ Etnoyer, B Williams, A Paytan, MJ Leng, V Häussermann, LN Wickes, R Bratt, H Pryer. 2020. Refining trace metal temperature proxies in cold-water scleractinian and stylasterid corals. Earth and Planetary Science Letters Vol. 545. 
  • Gugliotti, EF, ME DeLorenzo, PJ Etnoyer. 2019. Depth-dependent temperature variability in the Southern California Bight with implications for the cold-water gorgonian octocoral Adelogorgia phyllosclera. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Vol 514–515, pp 118-126.
  • Salgado E, S Nehasil, PJ Etnoyer. 2018. Distribution of deep-water corals, sponges, and demersal fisheries landings in Southern California, USA: implications for conservation priorities. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals. Peer J. 
  • Gómez CE, LN Wickes, D Deegan, PJ Etnoyer, EE Cordes. 2018. Growth and feeding of deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa from the California margin under simulated ocean acidification conditions. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals. Peer J. 
  • Etnoyer, PJ, M Malik, D Sowers, C Ruby, R Bassett, J Dijkstra, N Pawlenko, S Gottfried, K Mello, M Finkbeiner, and A Sallis. 2018. Working with Video to Improve Deep-Sea Habitat Characterization. in Raineault, NA, J Flanders, and A Bowman, eds. New frontiers in ocean exploration: The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, and R/V Falkor 2017 field season. Oceanography 31(1), supplement pp. 64-67.
  • Hourigan TF, Etnoyer PJ, Cairns SD. 2017. The State of Deep‐Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the United States. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS‐OHC‐4. Silver Spring, MD. 467 p. Online resource.
  • 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.