Kirk Kilfoyle


Fish Ecology Lab


B.S. Marine Biology - Texas A&M University at Galveston

M.S. Marine Biology - NSU Oceanographic Center

Ph.D. Candidate - NSU Oceanographic Center (in progress)

Major Professor

Dr. Richard Spieler

Areas of Research

PhD research is centered on coral reef restoration techniques, specifically using artificial reefs as an experimental platform to evaluate the efficacy of adding coral transplants and artificial invertebrate enhancing substrate to kick-start recovery and recruitment of reef fishes, corals, non-coral invertebrates, and algal populations following an acute impact or disturbance.

Additional work includes annual monitoring of reef fish populations in Broward County and elsewhere in south Florida on natural and artificial reefs, as well as quarterly water quality monitoring at select sites in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties.

Other specialties include taxonomic identification of marine fishes, training divers in RVC (Reef fish Visual Census) methodology techniques, and underwater photography.


Ditty, J. G., Kilfoyle, K, Farooqi, T. and R. F. Shaw. 2005. Chapter 106 - Order Syngnathiformes: Families Aulostomidae, Centriscidae, and Fistularidae. In W. J. Richards (Ed.) Early Stages of Atlantic Fishes: An Identification Guide for the Western Central North Atlantic (I): 2005 (pp. 1121-1131). CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

Melbourne-Thomas, J., Cleland, D., Arnold, S.N., Baria, M.V., Bollozos, I.S., Couch, C.S., Dela Cruz, D.W., Dizon, R.M., Fung, T., Geronimo, R.C., Jordan-Garza, A.G., Gurney, G., Kilfoyle, K., Kongjandtre, N., Zubillaga, A.L., Mohammed, M.S., Mojica, A.M., Mouchka, M.E., Padilla-Gamino, J.L., Penaflor, E.L., Porto, I., Ravago-Gotangco, R., Roelfsema, C.M., Saenz-Agudelo, P., Salas, E., Ticzon, V.S., Vergara, M.W.B., Vicentuan-Cabaitan, K., and R.D. Villanueva. 2010. Experimental methods of coral reef restoration: implementing a standardized module intervention and monitoring program in Mexico. In Cleland, D., Melbourne-Thomas, J., King, M., and G. Sheehan (Eds.) Building capacity in coral reef science: An anthology of CRTR scholars' research 2010. pp. 109-115. Coral Reef Targeted Research & Capacity Building for Management Program, University of Queensland, Australia.

Pioch, S., Kilfoyle, K., Levrel, H., and R. E. Spieler. 2011. From Compensatory Measures to Mitigation Construction, How Marine Eco-Engineering Can Help Deliver Ecosystem Services. Journal of Coastal Research, In Press.

Bryan, D. R., Kilfoyle, K., Gilmore, R. G. Jr., and R. E. Spieler. 2011. Role of vessel-reef habitat for fish assemblages on low-relief substrate in 50 to 120m depths. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, In Press.