Graham Kolodziej

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Determining impacts from stressors (thermal, OA, disease) to coral reef organisms on all scales (genotype through ecosystem).

Ecosystem-level impacts of restoration efforts from species and biomass reintroductions, especially when coupled with the implementation of reserve/sanctuary designation and appropriate enforcement.

Graham Kolodziej

Senior Research Associate (University of Miami/CIMAS), Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“I have always been drawn to water of any kind, and aquatic environments have fascinated me my entire life. While freshwater habitats were what I grew up knowing and loving, I learned how important and critical the oceans are to all aspects of life on this planet so I decided to go into marine science to study them. It was not long before I fell in love with the beauty of tropical coral reefs, which was fortuitous given their importance to oceanic ecosystems as a whole. Plus, it does not hurt they exist in some of the most wonderful locales in the world!”

Graham Kolodziej is the lab manager of the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division’s Coral Program at AOML. In this position, Graham serves many roles including facilitating and participating in field operations, assistance with experimental design and setup, and assistance with the use of various types of instrumentation, among many others. Graham’s work has spanned the gamut from acting as Lead Scientist on research cruises to overseeing the acquisition and installation of a Medical CT Scanner into a shipping container on premises. Graham received his B.S. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and Biology from the Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School in 2008, and went on to get his M.P.S. in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management from the Rosenstiel School in 2020. He is currently a senior research associate with the Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School.

Current Work

Senior Research Associate, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

Graham has been working as part of the AOML Coral Program’s Caribbean Climate National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) operations since 2013, and continues to be an integral part of this work. Recently, Graham has also been assisting with a variety of experiments and fields of study including: monitoring habitats and coral populations living in the highly marginalized environment of Miami’s inner waterways, assessing how bioeroding sponges are affected by ocean acidification, and various studies related to the novel stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD).

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2008, B.S. Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and Biology, RSMAS, U. Miami, Virginia Key, FL

2020, M.P.S. Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management, RSMAS, U. Miami, Virginia Key, FL

  1. Webb, A.E., I.C. Enochs, R. van Hooidonk, R.M. van Westen, N. Besemer, G. Kolodziej, T.S. Viehman, and D. Manzello. Restoration and coral adaptation delay, but do not prevent, climate-driven reef framework erosion of an inshore site in the Florida Keys. Scientific Reports, 13:258, 2023
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  2. DeMerlis, A., A. Kirkland, M.L. Kaufman, A.B. Mayfield, N. Formel, G. Kolodziej, D.P. Manzello, D. Lirman, N. Traylor-Knowles, and I.C. Enochs. Pre-exposure to a variable temperature treatment improves the response of Acropora cervicornis to acute thermal stress. Coral Reefs, 41(2):435-445, 2022
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  3. Morris, J., I. Enochs, A. Webb, D. de Bakker, N. Soderberg, G. Kolodziej, and D. Manzello. The influences of diurnal variability and ocean acidification on the bioerosion rates of two reef-dwelling Caribbean sponges. Global Change Biology, 28(23):7126-7138, 2022
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Certificate of Recognition SCTLD work 2020


Certificate of Recognition MapCO2 buoy in Samoa 2020


Certificate of Appreciation GO-SHIP 2018


Cash In A Flash Reward for Preparations Preceding Hurricane Irma 2017


Certificate of Appreciation install and operation of CT scanner 2016


Certificate of Appreciation outstanding scientific paper 2016