Lisa May


Address: Hollings Marine Laboratory, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Office H112E, Laboratory B104
Phone: 843.460.9862


M.S. Biology, 1985, Austin Peay State University

Research Interests

  • Microbial ecology and coral-microbe interactions
  • DNA damage and its effect upon the reproductive potential of coral
  • Effects of stressors on coral health

Current research projects

  • development of molecular tools for assessing coral health
  • laboratory testing of coral disease treatments
  • determining the effects of pollution (crude oil, ammonia, etc) on coral health
  • the role of Symbiodinium in coral health


  • Miller, C. V., L. A. May, Z. J. Moffitt, A. R Burnett and C. M. Woodley.  2020.  Exploratory Treatments for Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease: Pillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus).  NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 245.  Silver Spring, MD.  79 pp.  doi:10.25923/d632-jc82  
  • May, L. A., A. R. Burnett, C.V. Miller, E. Pisarski, L. F. Webster, Z. J. Moffitt, P. Pennington, R. Ricker, E. Wirth, N. White and C. M. Woodley.  2020.  Effect of Louisiana sweet crude oil on a Pacific coral, Pocillopora damicornis.  Aquatic Toxicology 222: 105454.
  • Bridges, M. C., C. M. Woodley, E. C. Peters, L. A. May, and S. B. Galloway.  2019.  Expression and characterization of a bright far-red fluorescent protein from the pink-pigmented tissues of Porites lobata. Marine Biotechnology 22:67-80.
  • Balthis, W. L, C. Cooksey, M. H. Fulton, J. L. Hyland, L. A. May, E. F. Wirth, C. M. Woodley. 2018. Assessment of Ecological Condition and Potential Stressor Impacts in Offshore Areas of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 254. Charleston, SC. 80 pp. doi:10.25923/vtsz-v706
  • Downs, C. A., Woodley, C. M., Fauth, J. E.,  Knutson, S.,  Burtscher, M.,  May L., Avadanei, A., Higgins, J., and Ostrander, G. K.  2011.  A survey of environmental pollutants and cellular-stress biomarkers of Porites astreoides at six sites in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Ecotoxicology 20:1914-1931.
  • May, L. A., Higgins, J. L., and Woodley, C. M.  2011.  Saline-Saturated DMSO-EDTA as a Storage Medium for Microbial DNA Analysis from Coral Mucus Swab Samples.  NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 127 and CRCP 15.   14 pp.
  • May, L. A., A. R. Avadanei, C. S. Rogers, J. Miller, and C. M. Woodley.  2010.  Microbial Community Analysis of Acropora palmata Mucus Swabs, Water and Sediment Samples from Hawksnest Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.  NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 123 and CRCP 14.  7 pp.
  • Kurochkin, I.O., Ivanina, A.V., Eilers, S., Downs, C. A., May, L.A., Sokolova, I.M.  2009.  Cadmium affects metabolic responses to prolonged anoxia and reoxygenation in eastern oysters Crassostrea virginica.  AJP-Regulatory, Comparative and Integrative Physiology.  297:R1262-R1272.
  • Campbell, C., Bartlett, T., May, L., and C. Woodley. 2009. The effects of heat and oxidative stress on immunocompetence in cnidarians. MarSci.2009.07.090701.