Caroline Rogers, Ph.D.

Caroline Rogers, Ph.D.

Research Biologist

Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

Email: caroline_rogers@usgs.gov
Phone: 340-693-8950
Fax: 340-693-9500

Address:
Route 32
St. Thomas, VI 99999


Expertise

Biography

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Botany, University of Florida

RESEARCH

Caroline Rogers is a Marine Ecologist with the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center  based at the USGS Caribbean Field Station in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Previously, she was a research biologist with the National Park Service in Virgin Islands National Park (1984 – 1993).  She has over 30 years of experience in research on coral reefs and has published papers on coral diseases, the effects of sedimentation, effects of hurricanes, damage from boat anchors, long-term monitoring, reef productivity, coral recruitment, and the threatened coral species Acropora palmata. She is the Vice President of the International Society for Reef Studies.

Science and Products

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Coral Bleaching and Disease: Effects on Threatened Corals and Reefs
April 17, 2016

Severe coral bleaching in 2005, followed by a disease outbreak, resulted in severe reef degradation in the US Virgin Islands; the amount of living coral cover at long-term monitoring sites decreased an average of 60%. With climate change, high seawater temperatures are expected to lead to more frequent bleaching episodes and possibly more disease outbreaks. 

Life on the Edge: Can Corals Thriving in Mangroves Provide Insights into Climate Change?
February 26, 2016

On an island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, USGS scientists discover corals are seeking refuge from climate change in mangroves.

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Queen angelfish - Hurricane Hole, Virgin Islands
September 9, 2010

Mangrove Secrets

The Sheltered Corals of Hurricane Hole, US Virgin Islands

Publications

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Year Published: 2016

Disease prevalence and snail predation associated with swell-generated damage on the threatened coral, Acropora palmata (Lamarck)

Disturbances such as tropical storms cause coral mortality and reduce coral cover as a direct result of physical damage. Storms can be one of the most important disturbances in coral reef ecosystems, and it is crucial to understand their long-term impacts on coral populations. The primary objective of this study was to determine trends in disease prevalence and snail predation on damaged and...

Bright, Allan J.; Rogers, Caroline S.; Brandt, Marilyn E.; Muller, Erinn; Smith, Tyler B.
Bright, A.J., Rogers, C.S., Brandt, M.E., Muller, E., and Smith, T.B., 2016, Disease prevalence and snail predation associated with swell-generated damage on the threatened coral, Acropora palmate (Lamarck): Frontiers in Marine Science, v. 3, art. 00077, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2016.00077.
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Year Published: 2014

Rapidly spreading seagrass invades the Caribbean with unknown ecological consequences

The non-native seagrass Halophila stipulacea has spread rapidly throughout the Caribbean Sea (Willette et al. 2014); without additional research, the ecological ramifications of this invasion are difficult to predict. Biodiversity, connectivity of marine ecosystems, and recovery of degraded coral reefs could all be affected. The invasive seagrass, native to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, has taken...

Rogers, Caroline S.; Willette, Demian A; Miller, Jeff
Rogers, C.S., Willette, D.A., and Miller, J., 2014, Rapidly spreading seagrass invades the Caribbean with unknown ecological consequences: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, v. 12, no. 10, p. 546-547, http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/14.WB.016.
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Year Published: 2014

Diverse coral communities in mangrove habitats suggest a novel refuge from climate change

Risk analyses indicate that more than 90% of the world's reefs will be threatened by climate change and local anthropogenic impacts by the year 2030 under "business-as-usual" climate scenarios. Increasing temperatures and solar radiation cause coral bleaching that has resulted in extensive coral mortality. Increasing carbon dioxide reduces seawater pH, slows coral growth, and may cause loss of...

Yates, Kimberly K.; Rogers, Caroline S.; Herlan, James J.; Brooks, Gregg R.; Smiley, Nathan A.; Larson, Rebekka A.
Yates, K.K., Rogers, C.S., Herlan, J.J., Brooks, G.R., Smiley, N.A., and Larson, R.A. 2014. Diverse coral communities in mangrove habitats suggest a novel refuge from climate change. Biogeosciences, 11, 4321-4337. www.biogeosciences.net/11/4321/2014/ doi:10.5194/bg-11-4321-2014
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Year Published: 2014

Early signs of recovery of Acropora palmata in St. John, US Virgin Islands

Muller, E.M.; Rogers, Caroline S.; van Woesik, R.
Early signs of recovery of <i>Acropora palmata</i> in St. John, US Virgin Islands; 2014; Article; Journal; Marine Biology; Muller, E. M.; Rogers, Caroline S.; van Woesik, R.
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Year Published: 2013

Coral reef resilience through biodiversity

Rogers, Caroline S.
Coral reef resilience through biodiversity; 2013; Article; Journal; ISRN Oceanography; Rogers, Caroline S.
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Year Published: 2013

Coral diseases cause reef decline

Rogers, Caroline S.; Miller, Jeff
Coral diseases cause reef decline; 2013; Article; Journal; Science; Rogers, Caroline S.; Miller, Jeff
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Year Published: 2012

Bleaching, disease and recovery in the threatened scleractinian coral Acropora palmata in St. John, US Virgin Islands: 2003-2010

Rogers, C.S.; Muller, E.M.
Bleaching, disease and recovery in the threatened scleractinian coral Acropora palmata in St. John, US Virgin Islands: 2003-2010; 2012; Article; Journal; Coral Reefs; Rogers, C. S.; Muller, E. M.
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Year Published: 2012

Life on the edge: corals in mangroves and climate change

Rogers, Caroline S.; Herlan, James J.
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Year Published: 2010

Words matter: Recommendations for clarifying coral disease nomenclature and terminology

Rogers, Caroline S.
Words matter: Recommendations for clarifying coral disease nomenclature and terminology; 2010; Article; Journal; Diseases of Aquatic Organisms; Rogers, Caroline S.
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Year Published: 2010

The Sargassum Frogfish (Histrio histrio Linnaeus) observed in mangroves in St. John, US Virgin Islands

Rogers, C.S.; Pietsch, T.W.; Randall, J.E.; Arnold, R.J.
The Sargassum Frogfish (<i>Histrio histrio</i> Linnaeus) observed in mangroves in St. John, US Virgin Islands; 2010; Article; Journal; Coral Reefs; Rogers, C. S.; Pietsch, T. W.; Randall, J. E.; Arnold, R. J.
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Year Published: 2010

Coral reef diseases in the Atlantic-Caribbean

Rogers, Caroline S.; Weil, Ernesto
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Year Published: 2009

High diversity and abundance of scleractinian corals growing on and near mangrove prop roots, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Rogers, C.S.
High diversity and abundance of scleractinian corals growing on and near mangrove prop roots, St. John, US Virgin Islands; 2009; Article; Journal; Coral Reefs; Rogers, C. S.