Lauren Toth


My research combines ecological approaches with paleoecology, geochemistry, climatology, and statistical modeling to determine the primary controls on coral reef development across a broad range of temporal and spatial scales. As a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow in the Coastal and Marine Geology program, I am using cores of Holocene reef frameworks from throughout the Florida Keys Reef Tract to develop a comprehensive, millennial-scale reconstruction of reef development in this region. The overarching goal of my research program is to determine which combinations of local and global environmental conditions are beneficial or adverse to the growth of coral reefs and to use this information to help guide resource-management decisions.



Toth, L.T., I.G. Macintyre, and R.B. Aronson. 2017. Holocene reef development in the Tropical Eastern Pacific. In Glynn, P.W., D.P. Manzello, and I.C. Enochs (eds). Coral Reefs of the Eastern Pacific: Persistence and Loss in a Dynamic Environment. Springer-Verlag, New York. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-7499-4_6

Kuffner, I.B. and L.T. Toth. 2016. A geological perspective on the degradation and conservation of western Atlantic coral reefs. Conservation Biology [Link]

Kuffner, I.B., K.K. Yates, D.G. Zawada, J.N. Richey, C.A. Kellogg, and L.T. Toth, Torres-Garcia, Legna. 2015. Investigación del USGS sobre el ecosistema de arrecifes de coral en el Atlántico. Servicio Geológico de los Estados Unidos Hoja de Información 2015-3074. 2 p. [Link]

Toth, L.T., I.B. Kuffner, H. Cheng, and R.L. Edwards. 2015. A new record of the Pleistocene coral, Pocillopora palmata, from the Dry Tortugas, Florida Reef Tract, USA. PALAIOS 30: 827–835. [Link]

Toth, L.T., R.B. Aronson, S.R. Smith, T.J.T. Murdoch, J.C. Ogden, W.F. Precht, and R. van Woesik. 2014. Do no-take reserves benefit corals? 14 years of stasis and change on Florida’s reefs. Coral Reefs33:565–577. [Link]

Smith, T.B., P.W. Glynn, J.L. Maté, L.T. Toth, J. Gyory. 2014. A depth refuge from catastrophic coral bleaching prevents regional extinction. Ecology 95:1663–1673. [Link]

Staaterman, E.R., Z. Reichenbach, A. Bhandiwad, P. Gravinese, P. Moeller, A. Shantz, D.S. Shiffman, L.T. Toth, and A. Warneke, A.J. Gallagher. 2014. Lights, camera, science: The growing popularity of film festivals at scientific meetings. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 7:11–16. [Link]

Toth, L.T., R.B. Aronson, S.V. Vollmer, J.W. Hobbs, D. Urrego, H. Cheng, I.C. Enochs, D.J. Combosch, R. van Woesik, and I.G. Macintyre. 2012. ENSO drove 2500-year collapse of eastern Pacific coral reefs. Science 337:81–84. [Link]

Aronson, R.B., W.F. Precht, I.G. Macintyre, L.T. Toth. 2012. Catastrophe and the ecological life span of coral reefs. Ecology 93:303–313. [Link]

Enochs, I.C., L.T. Toth, V.W. Brandtneris, J.C. Afflerback, and D.P. Manzello. 2011. Environmental determinants of coral reef cryptofauna: an experimental analysis of coral cover, framework porosity, and flow. Marine Ecology Progress Series 438:105–118. [Link]