I am a Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences PhD student.  My current work focuses on identifying variability in metabolomic profiles among unique coral genotypes grown in an offshore nursery and ex-situ sexual reproduction of staghorn and elkhorn corals to augment in restoration efforts throughout the Keys and the Caribbean. Before joining the Patterson lab, I was a Navy Corpsman for eight years and completed two tours in Afghanistan with the Marines. During my Naval career, I simultaneously completed a Masters in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida focusing on the current state of global coral reef decline with a focus on the status and management of corals native to South Florida.  Furthermore, the lab never fails to remind me that I once worked as a dolphin trainer and thus possesses an unnatural ability to attract these elusive animals during field research.



  • B.S. Biology, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

  • M.F.A.S., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


Henry, J., O’Neil, K., and Patterson, J. 2019. Native herbivores improve sexual propagation of threatened staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis. Frontiers in Marine Science 6: 713. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00713.

Henry, J., Yanong, R., McGuire, M., and Patterson, J. 2018. A guide to common stony corals of Florida. EDIS Publication FA-210. Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, UF/IFAS. 19 pp.