Research activities center on coral community structure and function with emphasis on natural and anthropogenic disturbances to coral reefs. Major attention has been directed toward an analysis of the impacts of the 1982-83 (Panamá, Galápagos Islands) and El Niño warming events 1997-98 on eastern Pacific coral reef. The severely affected coral reefs in the eastern Pacific region are being studied with respect to (1) initial and long-term disturbance effects (predation, competition, symbiosis, bioerosion), (2) causes of coral bleaching and mortality, (3) coral community recovery, and (4) records of El Niño disturbances in the past, based on evidence from core drilling, sclerochronology, stable isotope and trace metal signals.
Glynn P.W., Riegl B, Purkis S, Kerr JM, Smith TB (2015) Coral reef recovery in the Galápagos Islands: the northernmost islands (Darwin and Wenman). Coral Reefs DOI 10.1007/s00338-015-1280-4
Manzello DP, Enochs IC, Bruckner A, Renaud PG, Kolodziej G, Budd DA, Carlton R, Glynn P.W. (2015) Galápagos coral reef persistence after ENSO warming across an acidification gradient. J Geophys Res 41:9001-9008
Riegl B, Glynn P.W., Wieters E, Purkis S, d’Angelo C, Wiedenmann J (2015) Water column productivity and temperature predict coral reef regeneration across the Indo-Pacific. Nature Sci Repts DOI 10.1038/srep08273
Fong, P. and P.W. Glynn. (2002). A regional model to predict coral population dynamics in response to El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Ecol. Appl. 10:842-854.
Fong, P. and P. W. Glynn. (2001). Population abundance and size-structure of an eastern tropical Pacific reef coral after the 1997-98 ENSO: a simulation model predicts field measures. Bull. Mar. Sci., 69:187-202.
Glynn, P. W. (2001). Eastern Pacific coral reef ecosystems. pp. 281-305. In: U. Seeliger and B. Kjerfve (eds.), Coastal marine ecosystems of Latin America. Springer, Berlin.
Glynn, P. W. (2001). Eastern Pacific coral reefs: new revelations in the Twentieth Century. Atoll Res. Bull. 494:119-158.
Glynn, P. W. (Editor). (2001). A collection of studies on the effects of the 1997-98 El Niño Southern Oscillation event on corals and coral reefs in the eastern tropical Pacific. Bull. Mar. Sci., 69:1-288.
Glynn, P. W., J L. Maté and T. A. Stemann. (2001). Pavona chiriquiensis, a new species of zooxanthellate scleractinian coral (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Agariciidae) from the eastern tropical Pacific. Bull. Bio. Soc. Wash., 10:210-225.
Glynn, P. W., J L. Maté, A. C. Baker and M. O. Calderón. (2001). Coral bleaching and mortality in Panama and Ecuador during the 1997-1998 El Niño-outhern Oscillation event: spatial/temporal patterns and comparisons with the 1982-1983 event. Bull. Mar. Sci., 69:79-109.
Podestá G. P. and P. W. Glynn. (2001). The 1997-98 El Niño event in Panama and Galápagos: an update of thermal stress indices relative to coral bleaching. Bull Mar. Sci., 69:43-59.
Wellington, G. M., P. W. Glynn, A. E. Strong, S. A. Navarrete, E. Wieters and D. Hubbard. (2001). Crisis on coral reefs linked to climate change. Eos, Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union, 82:1 & 5.
Glynn, P.W. (2000). El Niño-Southern Oscillation mass mortalities of reef corals: a model of high temperature marine extinctions? In: E. Insalaco, P. Skelton and T. Palmer (eds.), Organism-Environment Feedbacks in Carbonate Platforms and Reefs. Geological Society Special Pub. No. 151, 178: 117-133.
Glynn, P.W. and Ault, J.S. (2000). A biogeographic analysis and review of the far eastern Pacific coral reef region. Coral Reefs, 19: 1-23.
Glynn, P.W., Colley S.B., Ting J.H., Maté and Guzmán H.M. (2000). Reef coral reproduction, recruitment and recovery in the eastern Pacific: Costa Rica, Panamá and Galápagos Islands (Ecuador). IV. Agariciidae (Pavona varians and Pavona sp. a.). Marine Biology, 136: 785-805.
Glynn PW (2012) Global warming and widespread coral mortality: evidence of first coral reef extinctions. Pp 104-119, In: LJ Hannah (ed), Saving a Million Species: Extinction Risk from Climate Change, Island Press, Wash DC.
Glynn PW, Colley SB, Maté JL, Baums IB, Feingold JS, Cortés J, Guzmán HM, Afflerbach JC, Brandtneris VW, Ault JS (2012) Reef coral reproduction in the equatorial eastern Pacific: Costa Rica, Panamá, and the Galápagos Islands (Ecuador). VII Siderastreidae, Psammocora stellata and Psammocora profundacella. Mar Biol 159:1917-1932.
Glynn PW (2013) Fine-scale interspecific interactions on coral reefs: functional roles of small and cryptic metazoans. Smith Contrib Mar Sci 39:229-248.
Cunning R, Glynn PW, Baker AC (2013) Flexible associations between Pocillopora corals and Symbiodinium limit utility of symbiosis ecology in defining species. Coral Reefs DOI 10.1007/s00338-013-1036-y.
Glynn PW, Enochs IC, Afflerbach JA, Brandtneris VW, Serafy JE (2014) Eastern Pacific reef fish responsesto coral recovery following El Niño disturbances. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 495:233-247.
Smith TB, Glynn PW, Maté JL, Toth LT, Gyory J (2014) A depth refugium from catastrophic coral bleaching prevents regional extinction. Ecology 95:1663-1673.
Glynn PW, Bayer FM, Renegar DA (in press) Coeloplana waltoni, a new species of minute benthic ctenophore (Ctenophora: Platyctenida) from south Florida. Proc Biol Soc Washington 127(2):
Correa AMS, Baker AC, McDonald MD, Fitchett MD, Glynn PW (in prep) Dynamic, mixed Symbiodinium assemblages in Pocillopora spp. of the eastern Panamanian Pacific: insights from real-time PCR (rt-PCR). PLoSONE