Dan DiResta, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Marine and Atmospheric Science Program
Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology

University of Miami

My current research interests include shallow water, benthic communities of tropical, marine ecosystems; I am interested in the population dynamics of exploited species, the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on habitat quality, recruitment dynamics and community structure, and resource management strategies for marine protected area. Current projects include development of a coral field nursery and inventory and monitoring of Acropora spp. in Biscayne National Park.



  • B.S., City University of New York, 1978
  • Ph.D., University of Miami, 1983


Carter, R.W., T. Capo, S. Viehman, D. DiResta and R. Curry (in preparation) Efficacy of coral nurseries for reef restoration in South Florida.  Coral Reefs

Robles, M.D., T. Armentano, D. DiResta, M.R. Lara, D.L. Jones and M.J. Butler (2005) Condition of the natural resources of Biscayne National Park. A state of the parks technical report. NatureServe, Arlington VA.

Cropper, W.P., D. Lirman, S.C. Tosini, D. DiResta, J. Luo, and J. Wang (2001) Population dynamics of a commercial sponge in Biscayne Bay, Florida. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 53, 13-23.

Cropper, W. and D. DiResta (1999) Simulation of a commercial sponge population in Biscayne Bay, Florida: recovery following Hurricane Andrew and management implications. Ecological Modelling:118, 1-15.

Ault, J, J. Serafy, D. DiResta and J. Dandelski (1997) Impacts of commercial fishing on key habitats within Biscayne National Park, Final Report on Cooperative Agreement No. CA-5250-6-9018, 80 pgs.

DiResta, D.J., B.R. Lockwood and R.W. Curry (1996) Growth, mortality and recruitment of commercial sponges in Biscayne National Park. Final Report , South Florida Water Management District.

DiResta, D.J., B.R. Lockwood and R.W. Curry (1995) Abundance and distribution of commercial sponges in Biscayne National Park. National Park Service Technical Publication. Iversen, E.S., D.E. Jory and D.J. DiResta (1990) Research on first year queen conch, Strombus gigas, relevant to fisheries management. Proc Gulf Carib Fisheries Inst 43