Felicia Coleman is director of the Florida State Coastal and Marine Laboratory at Florida State University. The goal of her Pew fellowship was to evaluate the effectiveness of two marine protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico for management and protection of goliath grouper, red grouper, gag, scamp, red snapper, and other species with related habitat and spawning characteristics. The goliath grouper is a candidate for the U.S. threatened and endangered species list and is considered by the American Fisheries Society to be at risk of extinction in North America. The complex reproductive systems of grouper and their tendency to aggregate for spawning at very specific sites and times make them highly vulnerable to overfishing. Coleman has served on a number of federal committees and panels charged with protecting marine resources, including the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) and the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council panels on Marine Protected Areas (1998-2000) and Best Available Science (2003-2004). She is currently a member of the Lenfest Fishery Ecosystem Task Force and the GMFMC Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committee.
To learn more about Coleman, visit her bio online: http://www.bio.fsu.edu/faculty-coleman.php.