Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture

Dr. Nicole Rhody

Dr. Nicole Rhody

Staff Scientist

Nicole Rhody has been a part of the Directorate of Fisheries & Aquaculture research team at Mote Marine Laboratory for over a decade. During this time, her work has been primarily focused on developing culture technologies for a variety of economically important temperate and tropical fish species. In 2010, Nicole was awarded the Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) and recently completed her doctorate in fish reproductive biology and physiology at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling. Her main research interests involve both basic and applied apsects of fish reproductive physiology and include: optimization of broodstock management techniques; environmental and endocrinological control of reproduction; investigation of hormonal therapies required to achieve captive spawning; and aquaculture genetics and genomics specifically focused on developing the molecular tools needed for domestication and breeding of emerging marine species. Research performed over the last five years has led to a variety of publications in international and peer-reviewed journals not only related to fish reproductive biology but also larval development and rearing in land based closed recirculating aquaculture systems.


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


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)