I am a PhD student in John Bruno’s lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am originally from Houston, Texas. I’m a dog lover, traveler, SCUBA diver, hiker, amateur cook, vegetarian, and conservationist.

I am broadly interested in coral reef ecology and marine conservation biology. My research is focused on the effectiveness of a ban on herbivorous fish harvesting in Belize as a conservation strategy for restoring coral reef community structure. I am also interested in the genetic population structure of parrotfish across the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and how this influences coral reef conservation and management.

Email: cecox@unc.edu

Twitter: @courtocean