Cheryl Woodley


Address: Hollings Marine Laboratory, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Office 208, Laboratory C108
Phone: 843.460.9805


Ph.D., 1984, Medical University of South Carolina

Research Interests

  • application of biomedical concepts and technologies with coral health

Current research projects

  • development of bioindicators for assessing marine organismal health
  • assessing coral health using novel molecular diagnostics system
  • coral health and disease: host, pathogen interactions and the influence of environmental factors on disease susceptibility


  • Craig A. Downs, John E. Fauth, Charles E. Robinson, Richard Curry, Brenda Lanzendorf, John C. Halas, Judith Halas, and Cheryl M. Woodley. 2005 Cellular Diagnostics and Coral Health: Declining Coral Health in the Florida Keys. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 51:558-569.
  • Craig A. Downs, Aaron G. Downs, Robert B. Jonas, Kay Briggs, Tom Capo, and Cheryl M. Woodley. 2005. “IMCOMP-P: an assay for coral immuno-competence” In: Techniques in Aquatic Toxicology Vol. II. Ed. G.K. Ostrander. CRC Press, Boca Raton. Pp 301-313.
  • Cheryl M. Woodley, Andrew W. Bruckner, Sylvia B. Galloway, Shawn M. McLaughlin, Craig A. Downs, John E. Fauth, Emmett B. Shotts and Kristy L. Lidi. 2003. Coral Disease and Health: A National Research Plan. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD. 72pp.
  • John E. Fauth , Craig A. Downs, John C. Halas, Philip Dustan and Cheryl M. Woodley. Mid-range prediction of coral bleaching: a molecular diagnostic system approach. In N. Valette-Silver and D. Scavia, 2003 (Editors). Ecological Forecasting: New Tools for Coastal and Ecosystem Management. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 1. 116pp.
  • M. Katherine Moore, John A. Bemiss, Susan M. Rice, Joseph M. Quattro, Cheryl M. Woodley. “Use of Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms to Identify Sea Turtle Eggs and Cooked Meats to Species”, Conservation Genetics 4:95-103 (2003).