Coral Reef Monitoring & Assessment

Cory Walter

Cory Walter

Staff Biologist

Cory Walter is a Staff Biologist for Mote Marine Laboratory Tropical Fields Station on Summerland Key, FL. She has been with Mote since 2004 with experience in Coral Reef Ecosystem Research and Monitoring as well as getting the community involved with reporting on this important ecosystem. Cory is program coordinator for BleachWatch and the Marine Ecosystem Event Response and Assessment (MEERA), community monitoring projects, which are funded by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA s Coral Reef Conservation Program and Mote s  Protect Our Reef  license plate. Other projects include but not limited to is Red Tide Research, Coral Restoration, and Visitor Support for adjunct and visiting researchers. 


B.S. in Marine Biology, Millersville University


Williams, S.D., Walter, C.S, Muller (2021).  Fine scale temporal and spatial dynamics of the stony coral tissue loss disease outbreak within the lower Florida Keys Provisionally.  Frontiers in Marine Science.  doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.631776

Schopmeyer, S.A., Lirman. D., Bartels, E., Gilliam, D.S., Goergen, E. A., Griffin, S.P….Walter, C.S. (2017). Regional restoration benchmarks for Acropora cervicornis. Coral Reefs. doi:10.1007/s00338-017-1596-3
Hill, M., Walter,C., and Bartels, E (2016) A mass bleaching event involving clionaid sponges. Coral Reefs, 35(1): 153.

Barnes, B.B., Hallock, P., Hu, C, Muller-Karger, F., Palandro, D., Walter, C., Zepp, R. (2015) Prediction of coral bleaching in the Florida Keys using remotely sensed data. Coral Reefs 34 (2), 491-503. doi:10.1007/s00338-015-1258-2

Schopmeyer, S. A., Lirman, D., Bartels, E., Byrne, J., Gilliam, D. S., Hunt, J., Johnson, M. E., Larson, E. A., Maxwell, K., Nedimyer, K. and Walter, C. (2011), In Situ Coral Nurseries Serve as Genetic Repositories for Coral Reef Restoration after an Extreme Cold-Water Event. Restoration Ecology. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2011.00836.x

Eakin CM, Morgan JA, Heron SF, Smith TB, Liu G, et al. (2010) Caribbean Corals in Crisis: Record Thermal Stress, Bleaching, and Mortality in 2005. PLoS ONE 5(11): e13969.