PhD Candidate

Gehrmann Building, Level 8

School of Biological Sciences- UQ

St Lucia QLD 4072


T: +61 427022988



Nick Hammerman is joining the lab in April of 2018. He is originally from the United States where he obtained his Bachelors in Marine Science at Roger Williams University and then completed his Masters in Biological Oceanography at the University of Puerto Rico, Department of Marine Sciences. His work mostly dealt with population genomics, phylogeography, as well as species interactions and diversity on both shallow and mesophotic reefs.

His current PhD project will most likely revolve around paleoecology of coral reefs.



Research Interests

Benthic composition and diversity, population genomics, mesophotic coral ecosystems, sponge/coral interactions, paleoecology


Current PhD Project

Reconstructing the paleoecology of corals







Hammerman NM, Rivera-Vicens RE, Galaska MP, Weil E, Appeldoorn RS, Alfaro M, Schizas NV (2017). Population connectivity of the plating coral, Agaricia lamarcki from southwest Puerto Rico. Coral Reefs 37, 183-191.

Garcia-Hernandez JE, Hammerman NM, Cruz-Motta JJ, Schizas NV (2017). Endobiotic fauna inhabiting the calcareous sponge Clathrina sp. in southwest Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science. In press.

Hammerman NM, Garcia-Hernandez JE (2016). The sponge Xestospongia muta offers shelter to the stony coral Madracis auretenra (Northwest Puerto Rico). Marine Biodiversity 47, 57-58.


In Review

Veglia AJ, Hammerman NM, Rivera- Rosaly CR, Lucas M, Galindo- Estronza A, Corgosinho PH, Schizas NV (2017). Characterizing population structure of coral-associated fauna from mesophotic and shallow habitats in the Caribbean. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, In review.


On-going Projects

Garcia-Hernandez JE, Sanchez PJ, Hammerman NM, Schizas NV (2018). Species distributions along shallow and mesophotic habitats on the Guánica (Puerto Rico) continental shelf-edge.

Veglia AJ, Hammerman NM, Schizas NV (2018). De novo transcriptome assembly of the mesophotic plating coral Agaricia lamarcki from Puerto Rico.

Weil E, Hammerman NM, Becicka RL, Cruz-Motta JJ (2018). Monitoring the recovery of Acropora cervicornis and A. prolifera in La Parguera natural reserve, southwest Puerto Rico.