Nichole Price, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Seafood Solutions CVR Director
Benthic Marine Ecologist
Phone: +1 (207) 315-2567, ext. 306
Fax: +1 (207) 315-2329

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B.A., Biology and Math, Connecticut College, 2000

M.S., Applied Statistics and Probability, Univ. California Santa Barbara (UCSB), 2007

Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, UCSB, 2008

Research Interests

I am interested in how global change phenomena, like ocean acidification and warming, can alter bottom-dwelling species interactions, community dynamics, and ecosystem function in shallow coastal regimes. My work focuses primarily on the eco-physiology of seaweeds and their current and future role in dissolved inorganic carbon cycling. What intrigues me is how the balance of primary production/respiration and calcification/dissolution create natural diel variation in carbonate chemistry and perpetuate biological feedbacks. I have focused on these topics primarily on tropical coral reefs, but have recently expanded work to include temperate systems. I utilize state-of-the-art analytical tools including novel autonomous instrument packages and custom experimental aquaria and extrapolate results to regional and global scales using statistical modelling.

Price Publications

  • Kram SL†, Price NN, Donham EM†, Johnson MD†, Kelly ELA, Hamilton SL, & Smith JE. (2015). Variable responses of temperate calcified and fleshy macroalgae to elevated pCO2 and warming. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil, fsv16
  • Takeshita Y, Frieder CA, Martz TR, Ballard JR, Feely RA, Kram S†, Nam S, Navarro MO, Price NN, and Smith JE. (2015). Including high frequency variability in coastal ocean acidification projections. Biogeosciences Discussions 12(9) -accepted for publication.
  • Enochs IC, Manzello DP, Donham E†, Kolodziej G, Okano R, Johnston L, Young C, Iguel J, Edwards C, Fox M, Valentino L, Johnson S, Benavente D, Clark SJ, Burton T, Eynaud Y, Price NN (2015) Ocean acidification causes shift from coral to macroalgal dominance on reefs. Second round of review in Nature Climate Change doi:10.1038/nclimate2758.
  • Alin SR, RE Brainard, NN Price, JA Newton, A Cohen, WT Peterson, EH DeCarlo, EH Shadwick, S Noakes, and N Bednaršek (2015) Characterizing the natural system: Toward sustained, integrated coastal ocean acidification observing networks to facilitate resource management and decision support. Oceanography 28(2):92–107,​10.5670/oceanog.2015.34.
  • Gledhill DK, MM White, J Salisbury, H Thomas, I Mlsna, M Liebman, B Mook, J Grear, AC Candelmo, RC Chambers, CJ Gobler, CW Hunt, AL King, NN Price, SR Signorini, E Stancioff, C Stymiest, RA Wahle, JD Waller, ND Rebuck, ZA Wang, TL Capson, JR Morrison, SR Cooley, and SC Doney (2015) Ocean and coastal acidification off New England and Nova Scotia. Oceanography 28(2):182–197,
  • Edmunds PJ, Steneck R, Albright R, Carpenter RC, Chui APY, Fan T-Y, Harii S, Kitano H, Kurihara H, Legendre L, Mitarai S, Muko S, Nozawa Y, Padilla-Gamino J, Price NN, Sakai K, Suzuki G, van Oppen MJH, Yarid A, and Gates RD (2015) Geographic variation in long-term trajectories of change in coral recruitment: a global-to-local perspective. Marine and Freshwater Research 66, 609–622.
  • Johnson MD§†, Price NN§, & Smith JE (2014) Contrasting effects of ocean acidification on tropical fleshy and calcareous algae. PeerJ 2:e411.
  • Williams GJ§, Price NN§, Ushijima B, Aeby GS, Callahan S, Davy SK, Gove JM, Johnson MD†, Knapp IS, Shore A, Smith JE, Videau P, & Work TM (2014) Ocean warming and acidification show complex interactive effects on the dynamics of a marine fungal disease. Proc. Royal Soc. B 281: 20133069.
  • Hamilton SL, Smith JE, Price NN,& Sandin SA (2014) Quantifying patterns of fish herbivory on an uninhabited predator-dominated central Pacific coral reef, Palmyra Atoll (USA). Marine Ecology Progress Series. 501:141-155 DOI 10.3354/meps10684.
  • Stewart HL, Price NN, Holbrook SJ, Schmitt RJ, & Brooks AJ (2013) Determinants of the onset and strength of mutualistic interactions between branching corals and associate crabs. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 493: 155-163 DOI 10.3354/meps10525.
  • Smith JE, Price NN, Nelson CE, &Haas AF (2013) Coupled changes in dissolved oxygen and pH caused by metabolism of benthic coral reef organisms. Marine Biology. 160(9): 2437-2447 DOI 10.1007/s00227-013-2239-z.
  • Price NN, Martz TR, Brainard RE, & Smith JE (2012) Diel variability in seawater pH relates to calcification and benthic community structure on coral reefs. PLoS ONE 7(8): e43843.
  • Buenau K, Price NN, & Nisbet RJ (2012) Size dependence, facilitation, and microhabitats mediate space competition between coral and crustose coralline algae. Ecological Modeling 237:23-33.
  • Hofmann GE, Smith JE, Johnson KS, Send U, Levin LA, Micheli F, Paytan A, Price NN, Peterson B, Takeshita Y, Matson PG, Crook ED, Kroeker KJ, Gambi MC, Rivest EB, Frieder CA, Yu PC, & Martz TR (2011) High-frequency dynamics of ocean pH: a multi-ecosystem comparison. PLoS ONE. 6 (12) e28983.
  • Price NN, Hamilton SL, Tootell J, & Smith JE (2011) Species-specific consequences of ocean acidification for the calcareous tropical green algae Halimeda. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 440:67-78 DOI 10.3354/meps09309.
  • Buenau K, Price NN, & Nisbet RJ (2011) Local interactions drive size dependent space competition between coral and crustose coralline algae. Oikos. 120:941-949 (awarded Editors Choice)
  • Price NN (2010) Habitat selection, facilitation, and biotic settlement cues affect distribution and performance of coral recruits in French Polynesia. Oecologia. 163(3):747-758 (top 20 Jan-May 2013)

§authors contributed equally to this work

†graduate student

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