Coral Health & Disease

Katie Eaton

Katie Eaton

Staff Biologist & Lab Manager (Sarasota)

Katie joined Mote as a staff member in the Coral Health and Disease Program in early 2018. When she first started she worked at Mote's International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3) conducting coral resiliency experiments - primarily studying the effects of ocean warming and ocean acidification on major reef building corals grown in the Coral Restoration program at IC2R3.

She then transitioned to the position of a Staff Biologist for the Coral Health and Disease lab at the Sarasota campus, conducting coral disease research projects. She now serves as the lab manager of the Coral Health and Disease labs at Mote's Sarasota campus, which entails mentoring interns and junior staff, maintaining the lab spaces, and managing Coral Health and Disease funded research projects. She hopes the information gained from this research will give us a better understanding of coral diseases in general. Additionally, she hopes it will be used to conduct applied thoughtful coral restoration practices in Florida and potentially other parts of the Caribbean.


B.S. in Biology, Fitchburg State University, 2016


Traylor-Knowles, N., Connelly, M.T., Young, B.D., Eaton, K.R., Muller, E.M., Paul, V., Ushijima, B., DeMerlis, A., Drown, M.K., Goncalves, A., Kron, N., Martin, C., & Rodriguez, K. 2021. Gene Expression Response to Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Transmission in M. cavernosa and O. faveolata from Florida. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:681563.

Eaton, K.R, Landsberg, J.H., Kiryu, Y, Peters, E.C., & Muller, E.M. 2021. Measuring Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease Transmission and Lesion Progression within Two Intermediately Susceptible Species, Montastraea cavernosa and Orbicella faveolata. (in press)

Muller, E.M., Dungan, A. Million, W., Eaton, K.R., Petrik, C., Bartels, E., Hall, E.R., & Kenkel, C.D. 2021. Heritable variation and lack of trade-offs indicate adaptive capacity in nursery-reared Acropora cervicornis in spite of negative synergistic response to combined temperature and acidification stress. (in review)

Gravinese, P.M., Douwes, A, Eaton, K.R, & Muller, E.M. 2021. The physiological effects of hypoxia and elevated temperature on coral health. (in review)

Graham, K.K., Eaton, K., Obrien, I., & Starks, PT. 2019. Anthidium manicatum, an invasive bee, excludes a native bumble bee, Bombus impatiens, from floral resources. Biol Invasions. 21(4),1089-1099.