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John C. Ogden

John C. Ogden

John C. Ogden
Professor Emeritus




Personal Bio



A. B. Princeton University, 1962.

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1968.


Tropical coastal marine ecosystems (coral reefs, seagrasses, and mangroves), ocean and coastal ecosystem processes, marine biodiversity, ecosystem management and conservation, ocean governance.

NOTE: As an Emeritus Professor I do not take graduate students directly, but I am happy to discuss graduate programs with students and to serve on graduate committees.

I retired from the Department of Integrative Biology in 2010. From 1988-2010 I was Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) , a state-wide consortium of over 25 agency, university, and marine laboratory members including all 11 state universities. Prior to joining the USF, I was Director of the West Indies Laboratory of Fairleigh Dickinson University in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands from 1971-1988 and Director of the NOAA saturation diving facility Hydrolab.

I have worked on the ecology of coral reefs, seagrasses and associated ecosystems all over the world and have published more than 100 scientific papers, contributed to numerous books, and produced several television films. My current work concerns the application marine spatial planning to ecosystem-based management and regional ocean governance primarily in the Wider Caribbean and Florida. I was a member of the founding Advisory Council of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and am the former President of the International Society for Reef Studies. I served on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund, Ocean Conservancy and SeaWeb and was a charter member of the Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Council and the Florida Oceans and Coastal Council. I am a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Specialty Area


Marine Ecology

Recent Journal Articles


Honors and Award






Recent Publications


Selected Publications

Pearse, V.B., J.C. Ogden and S.J. Proctor. 2016. An experiment in graduate education: A marine science adventure across the Indian Ocean. Oceanography 29 (1).

Ogden, J.C., I. Nagelkerken and C. McIvor. 2014. Connectivity in the Tropical Coastal Seascape: Implications for Marine Spatial Planning and Resources Management, pp253-273. In: Bortone, S. (ed). Interrelationships Between Corals and Fisheries. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida.

Toth, L. T., van Woesik, R., Murdoch, T. J. T., Smith, S. R., Ogden, J. C., Precht, W. F., and Aronson, R. B. Do no-take reserves benefit Florida’s corals? 14 years of change and stasis in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 2014. Coral Reefs 33:565–577.

Ogden, J.C. Marine spatial planning (MSP): A first step to ecosystem-based management (EBM) in the Wider Caribbean. 2010. Revista de Biología Tropical 58 (Supp. 3): 71-79.

Ogden, J.C. A Review of "Ecosystem-based management for the oceans", 2010. Coastal Management 38(2): 186-188.

Carollo, C., D.J, Reed, J.C. Ogden and D. Palandro. 2009. The importance of data discovery and management in advancing ecosystem-based management. Marine Policy 33: 651-653.

Rogers, C. et al (25 authors including J. Ogden). 2008. Ecology of the coral reefs of the U.S. Virgin Islands, pp303-374. In: Reigl, B. and R.E. Dodge (eds.) Coral Reefs of the USA. Springer, 808p.

Oran R. Young, Gail Osherenko, Julia Ekstrom, Larry B. Crowder, John Ogden, James A. Wilson, Jon C. Day, Fanny Douvere, Charles N. Ehler, Karen McLeod, and Robbin Peach. 2007. Solving the crisis in ocean governance: Place-based management of marine ecosystems. Environment 49(4): 20-32.

Crowder, L.B., G. Osherenko, O.R. Young, S. Airame, E.A. Norse, N. Baron, J.C. Day, F. Douvere, C.N. Ehler, B.S. Halpern, S.J. Langdon, K.L. McLeod, J.C. Ogden, R.E. Peach, A.A. Rosenberg, and J.A. Wilson. 2006. Resolving mismatches in U.S. ocean governance. Science 313: 617-618.

Pandolfi, J.M., J.B.C. Jackson, N. Baron, R.H. Bradbury, H.M. Guzman, T.P. Hughes, C.V. Kappel, F. Micheli, J.C. Ogden, H.P. Possingham, E. Sala. 2005. Are US coral reefs on the slippery slope to slime? Science 307: 1725-1726.

Boersma, D., J. Ogden, G. Branch, R. Bustamante, C. Campagna, G. Harris and E.K. Pikitch. 2004. Chapter 6: Lines on the Water: Ocean-use planning in large marine ecosystems. In: Glover, L.K. and S.A. Earle, Defying Ocean's End: An Agenda for Action. Island Press, Washington, D.C., Pp. 125-138.

Ogden, J.C. 2001. Maintaining diversity in the oceans. Environment 43(3): 28-37.