Faculty & Staff
- BS- Purdue University
- MEM- Lamar University
- MS- Nova Southeastern University
- PhD- Nova Southeastern University
I teach the following Distance Education courses for the Oceanographic Center:Intro to Physical Oceanography (Fall semester); Aquatic Invasions, Outbreaks and Diseases (Winter semester); and Environmental Science (Summer semester).I also teach undergraduate courses at Broward College and in Little Cayman.
Areas of Research
I currently conduct research in Little Cayman, home of one of the most diverse coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean which is subjected to minimal anthropogenic influence My focus is on coral reef ecology, including describing (baseline) environmental conditions, monitoring responses to and recovery from disturbances (e.g. disease, bleaching, outbreaks), and developing population models that project future demographics.
I also participate in scientific data collection in SE Florida, including monitoring hardbottom communities in relation to beach renourishment projects. This involves hard and soft coral, sponge, zoanthid and macroalgae inventories and measurements.
My PhD research focused on field ecology in high-latitude coral communities in the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and Broward County.This work is similar to my current Little Cayman efforts. My MS thesis focused on the responses of Montastraea cavernosa to elevated temperature and reduced light stresses, which included HPLC analysis of zooxanthellae pigments.
My chemical engineering experience includes manufacturing petrochemicals (e.g. Mobil One, jet and auto fuel additives, drilling muds, industrial greases), environmental permit compliance, logistics, and global procurement.
KA et al. (2012). Environmental
setting and temporal trends in southeastern Gulf coral communities.
In: Riegl B & Purkis S (eds),
Coral Reefs of the Gulf:
Adaptations to Climatic Extremes, Coral Reefs of the World, Vol 3, 51-70.
Foster KA et al. (2011). Shifts in coral
community structures following cyclone and red tide disturbances within the
Gulf of Oman (United Arab Emirates). Marine Biology; 158: 955-968
C, Shuriqi MK, Foster K et al. (2008). First
record of a Bowmouth Guitarfish, Rhina
ancylostoma, in northern Oman, with an up-date on the status of
elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) in the United Arab Emirates. Zoology in the Middle East; 44: 114-118
Tourenq C, Shuriqi MK, Foster G, Foster K
et al. (2007) Note on Elasmobranches (sharks and rays) of UAE and
Musandam, Oman, with special mention of Bowmouth Guitarfish or Shark Ray (Rhina
ancylostoma). Tribulus, Journal of the Emirates
Natural History Group,