Ian Enochs

Research Highlights

Research Interests

The impacts of anthropogenic stressors on reef ecosystem form and function

Carbonate chemistry dynamics and ocean acidification in coastal environments

Bioerosion and calcification, and their impacts on coral reef habitat

Coral persistence within marginal reef environments

Agents and transmission of coral disease

Increasing the efficiency and efficacy of coral restoration

Bioerosion and calcification, and their impacts on coral reef habitat

The development of open-source technologies for marine research

Ian Enochs, Ph.D.

Research Ecologist


4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“We are losing coral reefs worldwide, along with the remarkable biodiversity and services they support. It is imperative that we understand, monitor, and manage these essential ecosystems before it is too late.”

Ian Enochs is the head of AOML’s Coral Program. His research focuses on understanding the responses of corals and reef biota to global change. He is particularly interested in the impacts of warming and ocean acidification on the persistence of coral reef framework structures that provide essential habitat and support numerous ecosystem services. Enochs applies a multidisciplinary approach, conducting research in both the laboratory and the field, as well as developing new technologies to address pressing research questions. He is a PI of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program, and leads several projects pertaining to the Coral Reef Conservation Program’s restoration pillar and NOAA’s Omics initiative. Enochs graduated cum laude from the University of Miami in 2006 and later earned his Ph.D. at RSMAS in 2010 for his research on the environmental determinants of coral reef cryptic metazoan biodiversity in Pacific Panama. Enochs is a research ecologist with the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division of NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami.

Current Work

Research Ecologist, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

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2006, B.S. Marine Science Biology Cum Laude Honors, Departmental honors, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

2010, Ph.D. Marine Biology & Fisheries, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL

  1. Enochs, I.C., N. Soderberg, A. Palacio, and K. Eaton. Sequential Treatment Application Robot (STAR) for high-replication marine experimentation. HardwareX, 18:e00524, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ohx.2024.e00524 2024
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  2. Enochs, I.C., M.S. Studivan, G. Kolodziej, C. Foord, I. Basden, A. Boyd, N. Formel, A. Kirkland, E. Rubin, M. Jankulak, I. Smith, C.R. Kelble, and D.P. Manzello. Coral persistence despite marginal conditions in the Port of Miami. Scientific Reports, 13:6759, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-33467-7 2023
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  3. Hirsh, H.K., T.A. Oliver, H.C. Barkley, J.L.K. Wren, S.G. Monismith, D.P. Manzello, and I.C. Enochs. Predicting coral reef carbonate chemistry through statistical modeling: Constraining nearshore residence time around Guam. Aquatic Geochemistry, 29(2):73-94, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10498-023-09411-6 2023
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Dr. Daniel L. Albritton Outstanding Scientific Communicator Award 2023

For outstanding leadership and communication of NOAA’s coral reef research and its relevance to the American public during the 2023 bleaching event.

Department of Commerce Bronze Medal 2022

For turning the canceled GO-SHIP A13.5 cruise into a new mission that maximized autonomous instrument deployments and surface water data collection.

Hermes Creative Platinum Award for Outstanding TV Placements and Outstanding Overall Publicity Campaign from Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals 2021

In recognition of the media impact of NOAA’s Coral Reef Condition Status Report, with more than 521 million impressions with coverage in 46 states, plus Washington, DC, for the coral reef status report press event.

Department of Commerce Bronze Medal 2020

For leading the response to identify, understand, track, and mitigate the devastating effects of stony coral tissue loss disease in Florida.

Department of Commerce Silver Medal 2019

For the development of a low-cost, open source subsurface autosampler (SAS) that eliminates barriers to water sampling and increases research capacity for all oceanographers.

AOML Outstanding Paper Award, 2018

AOML Certificate of Appreciation, 3 awards, 2016

CIMAS Outstanding Scientific Performance Award, 2015

RSMAS Fellowship, 2006 – 2007

Bowman Foster Ashe Scholarship, 2002 – 2006

University of Miami Honors Program, 2002 – 2006

University of Miami Department of Marine Science, Honors, 2006