Stephanie Rosales

Stephanie Rosales, Ph.D.

Assistant Scientist (University of Miami/CIMAS), Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“It’s important for us to consider how temperature, water quality, and ocean circulation can impact the overall health and biology of coral colonies.”

Dr. Stephanie Rosales is an assistant scientist at the University of Miami’s (UM) Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) and is stationed at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML). Dr. Rosales is interested in characterizing and understanding microorganisms that may be detrimental or beneficial to marine organisms by utilizing next-generation sequencing and bioinformatic analysis. Rosales received her B.S. in marine biology at Florida International University and was an NSF GRFP fellow at Oregon State University where she received her Ph.D. in microbiology.

Current Work

Assistant Scientist, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division

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2007, A.A. Biology, Miami-Dade College, Miami, FL
Honors: Phi Theta Kappa honor society

2010, B.S. Marine Biology, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Honors: Summa Cum Laude

2016, Ph.D. Microbiology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR Honors: National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

  1. Palacio-Castro, A.M., S.M. Rosales, C.E. Dennison, and A.C. Baker. Microbiome signatures in Acropora cervicornis are associated with genotypic resilience to elevated nutrients and heat stress. Coral Reefs, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-022-02289-w 2022
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  2. Rosales, S.M., L.K. Huebner, A.S. Clark, R. McMinds, R.R. Ruzicka, and E.M. Muller. Bacterial metabolic potential and micro-eukaryotes enriched in stony coral tissue loss disease lesions. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8:776859, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.776859 2022
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  3. Bonacolta, A.M., M.T. Connelly, S.M. Rosales, J. del Campo, and N. Traylor-Knowles. The starlet sea anemone, Nematosella vectensis, possesses body-region specific bacterial associations with spirochetes dominating the capitulum. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 368(3):fnab002, https://doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnab002 2021
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NOAA Employee/Team Member of the Week Award, May 13, 2020: COVID-19 Response

For efforts to increase the University of Miami Health System’s ability to conduct COVID-19 testing through the loan of AOML’s KingFisher instrument. Dr. Rosales’ and LTJG Thompson’s extraordinary creativity and hard work directly led to increased COVID-19 testing capacity in Miami, Florida.