Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture

Dr. Nicole Rhody

Dr. Nicole Rhody

Staff Scientist

Dr. Nicole Rhody joined Mote Marine Laboratory’s staff in 2001 and is part of Mote’s Directorate of Fisheries & Aquaculture. Dr. Rhody's work at Mote Aquaculture Research Park focuses on the sustainable production of high-value marine finfish for both land-based and offshore aquaculture systems. Current research topics include work related to improving fish culture technologies and optimizing broodstock management protocols that ensure the production of high quality eggs and larvae. Additional research activities cover a range of topics such as finfish reproductive physiology, biological rhythms, endocrinology of growth and reproduction, genetics in aquaculture, gonadal morphology, larviculture, zooplankton and phytoplankton culture. Rhody received her doctorate in Fish Reproductive Biology and Physiology at the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, Scotland UK.


Ph.D. Fish Reproductive Physiology, Reproduction & Genetics Group, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK

M.S. Aquaculture, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK

B.S. Biology, Florida Southern College, FL, USA


Tarnecki, A.M., Wafapoor, M., Phillips, R.N., Rhody, N.R., 2019. Benefits of a Bacillus probiotic to larval fish survival and transport stress resistance. Sci. Rep. 9, 4892. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-39316-w.

Tarnecki, A.M., Brennan, N.P., Schloesser, R.W., Rhody, N.R., 2019. Shifts in the Skin-Associated Microbiota of Hatchery-Reared Common Snook Centropomus undecimalis During Acclimation to the Wild. Microb. Ecol. 77, 770-781. doi:10.1007/s00248-018-1252-7.

Tarnecki, A.M., Rhody, N.R. Walsh, C. (2018). Health Parameters and Blood Bacterial Assemblages of Healthy Captive Red Drum Sciaenops ocellatus: Implications for Aquaculture and Fish Health Management. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. http:

Yanes-Roca, C., Toledo-Cuevas, M.E., Sanchez, L.J., Born-Torrijos, A., Rhody, N., Main, K.L. (2018). Digestive Enzyme Activity during Larval Development of Black Snook, Centropomus nigrescens. J. World Aquacult. Soc., 49(3), 612-624. doi:10.1111/jwas.12466

Tarnecki A.M., Rhody N.R. Microbiota of common snook Centropomus undecimalis larvae exhibiting high mortality. Aquaculture Research. 2017;00:1–6.

Yanes-Roca, C., Toledo-Cuevas, M. E., Sánchez, L. J., Born-Torrijos, A., Rhody, N. and Main, K. L. (2017), Digestive Enzyme Activity during Larval Development of Black Snook, Centropomus nigrescens. J World Aquacult Soc. doi:10.1111/jwas.12466.

Ma Q., Seyoum S., Tringali M.D., Resley M.J., Rhody N.R., Main K.L., Leber, K. Evaluating spawning performance among captive Florida pompano Trachinotus carolinus broodstock using microsatellite-based parentage assignment. Aquaculture Research. 2017;00:1–12.

Rhody, N.R., Davie, A., Zmora, N., Zohar, Y., Main, K.L., Migaud, H., 2015. Influence of tidal cycles on the endocrine control of reproductive activity in common snook (Centropomus undecimalis). General and Comparative Endocrinology. General and Comparative Endocrinology 224, 247-259.

Hauville, M.R., Rhody N., Resley, M.J., Bell, J.G., Main, K.L., Migaud, H., 2015. Comparative study of lipids and fatty acids in the liver, muscle, and eggs of wild and captive common snook broodstock. Aquaculture, 446, pp. 227-235.

Rhody, N.R., Puchulutegui, C., Taggart, J.B., Main, K.L., Migaud, H., 2014. Parental contribution and spawning performance in captive common snook Centropomus undecimalis broodstock. Aquaculture 432, 144-153.

Rhody, N.R., Neidig, C.L., Grier, H.J., Main, K.L., Migaud, H., 2013. Assessing Reproductive Condition in Captive and Wild Common Snook Stocks: A Comparison between the Wet Mount Technique and Histological Preparations. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142, 979-988.

Barón-Aguilar, C.C., Rhody, N.R., Brennan, N.P., Main, K.L., Peebles, E.B., Muller-Karger, F.E., 2013. Influence of temperature on yolk resorption in common snook Centropomus undecimalis (Bloch, 1792) larvae. Aquaculture Research, 1-9.

Yanes-Roca, C., Rhody, N.R., Nystrom, M., Wittenrich, M.L., Main, K.L., 2012. Embryonic and Early Larval Development in Hatchery-Reared Common Snook. North American Journal of Aquaculture 74, 499-511.

Rhody, N.R., Nassif, N.A., Main, K.L., 2010. Effects of salinity on growth and survival of common snook Centropomus undecimalis (Bloch, 1792) larvae. Aquaculture Research 41, e357-e360.

Wittenrich, M.L., Rhody, N.R., Turingan, R.G., Main, K.L., 2009. Coupling osteological development of the feeding apparatus with feeding performance in common snook, Centropomus undecimalis, larvae: Identifying morphological constraints to feeding. Aquaculture 294, 221-227.

Yanes-Roca, C., Rhody, N., Nystrom, M., Main, K.L., 2009. Effects of fatty acid composition and spawning season patterns on egg quality and larval survival in common snook (Centropomus undecimalis). Aquaculture 287, 335-340.

Awards & Honors

2010-2013 Overseas Research Scholar Award (ORS)