DeFilippo, L., EM Burmester, L Kaufman, and RD Rotjan. 2016. Patterns of surface lesion recovery in the northern star coral, Astrangia poculata. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 481: 15-24 Click here

Kemp, D.W., D.J. Thornhill, R.D. Rotjan, R. Iglesias-Prieto, W.K. Fitt, and G.W. Schmidt. 2015. Spatially-distinct and regionally-endemic Symbiodinium assemblages in the threatened Caribbean reef-building coral Orbicella faveolata. Coral Reefs. Click here

Perrault, JR, EM Muller, ER Hall, and RD Rotjan. 2015. Presence of the northern star coral on a nesting loggerhead turtle. Reef Encounter 30(1): 46 Click here

Mangubhai, S, AM Strauch, DO Obura, G Stone, and RD Rotjan. 2014. Short-term changes of fish assemblages observed in the near-pristine reefs of the Phoenix Islands. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 24(2): 505-518 Click here

Dimond, JL, AH Kerwin, RD Rotjan, K Sharp, FJ Stewart, and DJ Thornhill. 2013. A simple temperature-based model predicts the upper latitudinal limit of the temperate coral Astrangia poculata. Coral Reefs 32(2): 401-409 Click here

Rotjan RD and JA Idjadi. 2013. Surf and Turf: Toward better synthesis by cross-system understanding. Oikos 122(2): 285-287 Click here

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Newman, RM and RD Rotjan. 2013. Re-examining the fundamentals of grazing: freshwater, marine, and terrestrial similarities and contrasts (Commentary on Burkepile 2013). Oikos 122(2): 317-320 Click here

Edquist, SK and RD Rotjan. 2012. Testing vacancy chain predictions in Pagurus longicarpus hermit crabs: Does ecological gain and behavioral motivation match environmental context? Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 430: 78-86 Click here

Thornhill, DJ, RD Rotjan, BD Todd, GC Chilcoat, R Iglesias-Prieto, DW Kemp, TC LaJeunesse, J McCabe Reynolds, GW Schmidt, T Shannon, ME Warner, and WK Fitt. 2011. A connection between colony biomass and death in Caribbean reef-building corals. PLoS One 6(12): e29535 Click here

Rotjan, RD and JL Dimond. 2010. Discriminating causes from consequences of persistent parrotfish corallivory. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 390(2): 188-195 Click here

Berumen, ML and RD Rotjan. 2010. New records of corallivory in the Red Sea. Coral Reefs 29(3): 727. Click here

Rotjan, RD, JR Chabot, & SM Lewis. 2010. Social context of shell acquisition in Coenobita clypeatus hermit crabs. Behavioral Ecology 21(3): 639-646 Click here

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Rhyne, A, RD Rotjan, A Bruckner, and M Tlusty. 2009. Crawling to collapse: Ecologically unsound ornamental invertebrate fisheries. PLoS ONE; 4(12): e8413 Click here

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Lewis, SM and RD Rotjan. 2009. Vacancy chains provide aggregate benefits to Coenobita clypeatus hermit crabs. Ethology 115 (4): 356-365. Click here

Rotjan, RD and SM Lewis. 2009. Reproductive fitness consequences of parrotfish predation on a tropical reef-building coral. Marine Biology 156: 569-577. Click here

Rotjan, RD and SM Lewis. 2008. The impact of coral predators on tropical reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 367: 73-91. Click here

Harmer, TL, RD Rotjan, AD Nussbaumer, M Bright, AW Ng, EG DeChaine, and CM Cavanaugh. 2008. Free-living tubeworm endosymbionts found at deep-sea vents. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74 (12): 3895-3898 Click here

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Griffiths, ME, RD Rotjan, and GS Ellmore. 2007. Salt spray deposition and secretion on leaves of the mangrove Avicennia germinans L. in the Exuma chain, Bahamas. Caribbean Journal of Science 44 (2): 267-271 Click here

Rotjan, RD, JL Dimond, D Thornhill, J Leichter, B Helmuth, D Kemp, and SM Lewis. 2006. Chronic parrotfish grazing impedes coral recovery after bleaching. Coral Reefs 25: 361-368. Click here

Rotjan, RD and SM Lewis. 2006. Parrotfish abundance and selective corallivory on a Belizean coral reef. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 335: 292-301. Click here

Rotjan, RD and SM Lewis. 2005. Selective predation by parrotfishes on the reef coral Porites astreoides. Marine Ecology Progress Series 305: 193-201. Click here

Rotjan, RD, J Blum, and SM Lewis. 2004. Shell choice in Pagurus longicarpus: Does predation threat influence shell choice behavior? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 56(2): 171-176 Click here

Pechenik, JA, M Blanchard, and RD Rotjan. 2004. Susceptibility of larval Crepidula fornicata to predation by suspension-feeding adults. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 306(1): 75-94 Click here

Rotjan, RD, NW Calderone, and TD Seeley. 2002. How a honey bee colony mustered additional labor for the task of pollen foraging. Apidologie 33(4): 367-373 Click here


Rotjan RD. 2016. Introduction for Science Comics: Coral Reefs, Cities of the Ocean. Maris Wicks (author), First Second (publisher).


Rotjan RD, R Jamieson, B Carr, L Kaufman, S Mangubhai, D Obura, R Pierce, B Rimon, B Ris, S Sandin, P Shelley, R Sumaila, S Taei, H Tausig, T Teroroko, S Thorrold, B Wikgren, T Toatu, G Stone. 2014. Establishment, management, and maintenance of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. In: Johnson, ML and J Sandell. 2014. Advances in Marine Biology: Marine Managed Areas and Fisheries, vol. 69. Elsevier, Oxford, UK.


D.O. Obura and R.D. Rotjan. 2013. Coral reefs and climate change. In: Undewater Eden, Saving the last coral wilderness on earth. G.S. Stone and D.O. Obura, eds. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 170 pp.

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R.D. Rotjan, S. Mangubhai, and N. Hillgarth. 2016. American Samoa Expedition 2016– Assessment Report. New England Aquarium. 18 pgs.

Obura, D, SD Donner, S Walsh, S Mangubhai, and RD Rotjan. Phoenix Islands Protected Area climate change vulnerability assessment and management. Living Document. Report to the New England Aquarium. Boston, MA, USA. 35 pp. Updated January 18, 2016

Mangubhai, S. and R.D. Rotja. 2015. Phoenix Islands Protected Area Expedition 2015 – Assessment Report. New England Aquarium. 84 pgs.

Mangubhai, S., R.D. Rotjan, and D.O. Obura. 2012. Phoenix Islands Protected Area Expedition 2012 – Assessment Report. New England Aquarium. 44 pgs.

Stone, G.S., C. Huffard, M. Erdmann, E. Montague, B. Robison, and R.D. Rotjan. 2011. Seamount Expedition in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia: A trip report of science activities. Conservation International. 19 pgs

Mandelman, J., R.D. Rotjan, K. Lagueux, J. Idjadi. Assessing the biological effects of offshore Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) port areas. 2011. New England Aquarium. 57 pgs.

Rotjan, R.D. and D.O. Obura. 2010. Phoenix Islands Protected Area 10-Year Research Vision. New England Aquarium. 36 pgs.

Stone, G.S., D.O. Obura, and R.D. Rotjan. 2009. Phoenix Islands Protected Area Expedition 2009 – Assessment Report. New England Aquarium. 35 pgs.

Kehle, P. and R.D. Rotjan. 2009. Movin’ On Up: Modeling how hermit crabs find new homes. Consortium: Math Today: p. 3-8.

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