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UNF Limnology Students perform field work at Lake Oneida.
Salt marsh
Oyster beds
Students and professor working with a Benthic tray
gator hatchling
entire class crossing florida creek
Two Herons

Cliff Ross

Cliff Ross headshot 

 Faculty Bio


Phone: (904) 620-1853

Office: Building 59, Room 1302


Research Interests: 

Ecological physiology of seagrasses and corals, cellular mechanisms of stress responses in marine organisms


Areas of Expertise

Ecological physiology, Cellular mechanisms of stress responses in marine organisms
Teaching Responsibilities include: Marine Biology, Marine Botany, Oceanography, Current Applications in Biology, General Biology I



B.S. (Marine Biology) Florida Atlantic University (1996)
M.S. (Biology) Florida Atlantic University (1998)
Ph.D. (Marine Science) University of California, Santa Barbara (2005)
Postdoctoral Fellow Smithsonian Marine Station (2005-2007)



My research program utilizes biochemical, cellular and ecological approaches to better understand the stress responses of seagrasses, corals and algae. Studying the stress pathways that regulate biotic interactions is important for discerning not only how aquatic organisms adapt to their environment, but how aquatic organisms respond to each other. I am particularly interested in evaluating the impacts of environmental stressors on cellular processes with the ultimate goal of understanding how this influences ecosystem functionality. Building an integrated understanding of how events at the cellular level can impact a species' ecology is important for our ability to predict the impacts of both regional and global scale climate change.