I am broadly interested in coral reef ecology and marine conservation biology. My research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of conservation strategies for restoring parrotfish populations and using molecular techniques to develop and improve coral reef conservation and management strategies.


My current research is focused on assessing population connectivity and larval dispersal of parrotfish across the Caribbean using population genetics and incorporating this information into management plans.  I am also using genetic barcoding to identify fish and shark species used in local markets across the Caribbean.


Valdivia A, JF Bruno, CE Cox, S Hackerott, and SJ Green. 2014. Re-examining the relationship between invasive lionfish and native grouper in the Caribbean PeerJ 2:e348

Bruno JF, A Valdivia, S Hackerott, CE Cox, SJ Green, IM Côté, L Akins, CA Layman, and WF Precht. 2013. Testing the grouper biocontrol hypothesis: A response to Mumby et al. 2013. PeerJ PrePrints 1:e139v1

Hackerott, S, A Valdivia, SJ Green, IM Côté, CE Cox, L Akins, CA Layman, WF Precht,and JF Bruno. 2013. Native predators do not influence invasion success of Pacific lionfish on Caribbean reefs. PLoS ONE 8(7): e68259. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068259.

Cox, CE, CD Jones, JP Wares, KD Castillo, MD McField, and JF Bruno. 2013. Genetic testing reveals some mislabeling but general compliance with a ban on herbivorous fish harvesting in Belize. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00286.x

McCauley L, C Goecker, P Parker, T Rudolph, F Goetz , and G Gerlach. 2004. Characterization and isolation of DNA microsatellite primers in the spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias). Molecular Ecology Notes 4, 494 – 496. (published under married name, Goecker)