Cody Clements

Cody Clements

Ph.D. Candidate, School of Biological Sciences

B.S. Marine Science, University of the South Pacific

M.S. Marine Science, University of the South Pacific

I graduated from the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji with both a B.S. and M.S. in marine science. My Master’s research focused on assessing the potential ecological and fisheries benefits of small no-take Marine Protected Areas along Fiji’s Coral Coast. I started my graduate research at Georgia Tech in the Hay Lab in the fall of 2011.

Research Interests:

I am broadly interested in understanding how local and global changes are reshaping ecological interactions between and among species, as well as the implications of these changes for ecosystem function and management. My PhD research has largely focused on interaction dynamics between corals, their competitors (macroalgae), and their predators (the crown-of-thorns sea star, Acanthaster spp.) on protected and overfished reefs. I am also using experimental manipulations to investigate how coral species diversity impacts various measures of ecosystem function (e.g., coral growth and community resistance to macroalgal invasion) on degraded reefs.


Clements, C. S., and M. E. Hay. 2017. Size matters: Predator outbreaks threaten foundation species in small Marine Protected Areas. Plos One 12:e0171569.

Clements, C. S., and M. E. Hay. 2015. Competitors as accomplices: seaweed competitors hide corals from predatory sea stars. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 282:221-229.

Clements, C.S., V. Bonito, R. Grober-Dunsmore, and M. Sobey. 2012. Effects of small, Fijian community-based marine protected areas on exploited reef fishes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 449:233-243.