Jeff Hyland

NOAA/National Ocean Service/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research

Address: 331 Ft. Johnson Rd, Charleston SC, 29412
Phone: 843.345.2788


Ph.D., 1981, University of Rhode Island

Research Interests

  • Marine benthic ecology
  • ecotoxicology
  • animal-sediment-pollutant interactions
  • integrative assessments of coastal ecosystem health
  • linking ecosystem change to human disturbance
  • deep-sea coral ecology and stressor impacts

Current research projects

  • conducting integrative coastal monitoring and research studies to determine potential biological impacts in relation to various natural and anthropogenic stressors at regional and national scales; emphasis is on sediment quality assessments using multiple indicators of sediment contamination, sediment toxicity, and health of resident benthic fauna
  • development of new diagnostic and predictive tools for evaluating coastal ecosystem health 
  • ecology of deepwater coral assemblages and potential impacts from bottom trawling and other offshore human activities


  • Montagna, P.A.,… J.L. Hyland, et al. 2013. Deep-Sea Benthic Footprint of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout. PLoS ONE 8(8): e70540. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070540.
  • Cooksey, C., J. Hyland,…et al.. 2012. Ecological Condition of Coastal Ocean Waters of the U.S. Continental Shelf off South Florida: 2007.  NOAA Tech. Memo. NOS NCCOS 159, NOAA National Ocean Service, Charleston, SC 29412-9110. 68 pp.
  • Cooksey, C...J. Hyland, et al. 2010. Ecol. condition of coastal ocean & estuar. waters of the US South Atl. Bight: 2000–2004. NOAA Tech Memo NOS NCCOS 114, NOAA/NOS, Charleston, SC. 88 p.
  • Engle, V.D., J.L. Hyland, and C. Cooksey. 2009. Effects of Hurricane Katrina on benthic macroinvertebrate communities along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. Envir. Monitor & Assess., 150:193-209.
  • Rees, H.L., J.L. Hyland, et al. 2008. Environ. indicators: utility in meeting regulatory needs. An overview. ICES J. Mar. Sci, 65 (8): 1381-1386
  • Brancato, M.S.,…J. Hyland, et al. 2007. Observations of Deep Coral and Sponge Assemblages in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Washington. Cruise Report: NOAA Ship McArthur II Cruise AR06-06/07. Mar. Sanct. Conserv. Ser. NMSP-07-03. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, National Marine Sanctuary Program, Silver Spring, MD. 48 pp.
  • Hyland, J., et al.  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.
  • Hyland, J.L. et al. 2005.  Organic carbon content of sediments as an indicator of stress in the marine benthos. Mar Ecol. Progr. Ser, 295: 91-103.
  • Hyland, J.L. et al.  2004.  The soft-bottom macrobenthos of North Carolina estuaries, U.S.A.  Estuaries, 27(3): 501-514. [+ Corrigendum, Estuaries and Coasts, 29(4):709-710].
  • Hyland, J.L., et al. 2003. Incidence of stress in benthic communities along the U.S. Atl. & G. of Mex. coasts within different ranges of sediment contamination from chemical mixtures. Environ. Monitor. & Assess, 81(1-3): 149-161.