Erik Sotka

College of Charleston

Address: Grice Marine Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.953.9191
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Ph.D., 2001, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

  • Ecology and evolution of marine biotic interactions
  • Larval dispersal
  • Molecular ecology
  • Chemical ecology
  • Marine invasive species


  • Harper, K. E., L. A. Scheinberg, K. E. Boyer, and E. E. Sotka. 2022. Global distribution of cryptic native, introduced and hybrid lineages in the widespread estuarine amphipod Ampithoe valida. Conservation genetics 23: 791–806
  • Zerebecki, R.A.*, E.E. Sotka*, T.C. Hanley, K.L. Bell, C. Gehring, C.C. Nice, C.L. Richards and A.R. Hughes (2021) Repeated genetic divergence across tidal elevation in a foundation plant species. American Naturalist 198: E152-E169 
  • Flanagan, B.A. S.A. Krueger-Hadfield, C,J. Murren, C.C. Nice, A.E. Strand, and E.E. Sotka (2021) Founder effects shape linkage disequilibrium and genomic diversity of a partially clonal invader. Molecular Ecology 30: 1962-1978
  • Sotka, E.E., A. BaumgartnerP. Bippus, C. Destombe, E. Duermit, H. Endo, B. Flanagan, M. Kamiya, L. Lees, C.J. Murren, M. Nakaoka, S. Shainker, A.E. Strand, R. Terada, M. Valero, F. Weinberger and S.A. Krueger-Hadfield (2018) Combining niche-shift analysis and population genetics predicts rapid phenotypic evolution during invasion. Evolutionary Applications 11:781–793
  • Poore, A.G.B., S.T. Ahyong, J.L. Lowry, and E.E. Sotka (2017) An inordinate fondness for plant-feeding Crustaceans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114: 8829–8834
  • Manyak-Davis, A., T.M. Bell, and E.E. Sotka. (2013) The relative importance of predation risk and water temperature in maintaining Bergmann's rule in a marine ectotherm. American Naturalist 182:347-358
  • Craft, J.D., V.J. Paul and E.E. Sotka (2013) Biogeographic and phylogenetic effects on feeding resistance of generalist herbivores toward plant chemical defenses. Ecology 94:18-24
  • Byers, J.E., P.E. Gribben, C. Yeager and E.E. Sotka (2012) Impacts of invasive ecosystem engineer within mudflats of the southeastern U.S. coastline. Biological Invasions 14:2587-2600
  • Sotka, E.E. (2012) Natural selection, larval dispersal and the geography of phenotype in the sea. Integrative and Comparative Biology 52:538-545
  • Strand, A.E., L.M. Williams, M.F. Oleksiak, and E.E. Sotka (2012) Can diversifying selection be distinguished from history in geographic clines? A population genomic study of killifish (Fundulus heteroclitusPLoS-ONE 7:e45138