Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture

Dr. Nicole Rhody

Dr. Nicole Rhody

Staff Scientist

Dr. Nicole Rhody joined Mote Marine Laboratory’s staff in 2001, and she has been a part of Mote’s Directorate of Fisheries & Aquaculture for over a decade. Her work at Mote Aquaculture Research Park includes the design and implementation of aquaculture-related experiments, day-to-day operation of the Park and working closely with the broodstock management team. Dr. Rhody’s research interests include both basic and applied aspects of aquaculture and are aimed at investigating more sustainable and economically viable systems in which to grow food, improving fish culture technologies and feeds, and optimizing broodstock management protocols that ensure fish produce high quality eggs and larvae. . She was a part of the Mote research team that was one of among the first in the world to successfully breed snook in captivity. 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., Brennan, N.P., Schloesser, R.W., Rhody, N.R. (2018). Shifts in the Skin-Associated Microbiota of Hatchery-Reared Common Snook Centropomus undecimalis During Acclimation to the Wild. Microb. Ecol. doi: 10.1007/s00248-018-1252-7

Tarnecki, A.M., Rhody, N.R., Walsh, C.J. (2018). Health Characteristics and Blood Bacterial Assemblages of Healthy Captive Red Drum: Implications for Aquaculture and Fish Health Management. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health, 30(4), 339-353. doi:10.1002/aah.10047

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)