Dr. Tamar Liberman Goulet


Department of Biology
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677


Office: 524 Shoemaker Hall
E-mail: tlgoulet@olemiss.edu
Telephone: (662) 915-7457
FAX: (662) 915-5144


Research Interests:

My laboratory focuses on symbiotic interactions. Specifically, I am interested in how different host/symbiont genotypic combinations influence the ecology and evolution of the symbiosis. In order to address this interest, research in my laboratory combines genetic techniques, to identify the hosts and symbionts, and other techniques relating to ecological assessment. For example, I am working on the physiology of different host/symbiont genotypic combinations and how various environmental parameters affect the physiology.

Most of my work on symbiosis focuses on the coral reef ecosystem and the symbiosis between cnidarians (e.g., corals, octocorals, sea anemones) and their unicellular algae (symbiodinium spp.). I am also branching out to include other symbiotic systems.

Lastly, I am interested in clonal organisms and how their clonality affects their ecology.
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Links to journal pages or PDFs are provided where available and allowable under copyright agreements. Please contact me if you need a copy (pdf or paper) of a publication that you are unable to access. The copies are provided as a means to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly work on a non commercial basis.

McCauley M. and T.L. Goulet. 2019. Caribbean gorgonian octocorals cope with nutrient enrichment. Marine Pollution Bulletin 141: 621-628 doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.02.067
50 days free access to the article from the publisher’s website until May 03, 2019 via the link https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YjMD,ashtxCh.

Ramsby B.D. and T.L. Goulet. 2019. Symbiosis and host morphological variation: Symbiodiniaceae photosynthesis in the octocoral Briareum asbestinum at ambient and elevated temperatures. Coral Reefs doi 10.1007/s00338-019-01782-z

Goulet T.L., Lucas M.Q., Schizas N.V. 2019. Symbiodiniaceae genetic diversity and symbioses with hosts from shallow to mesophotic coral ecosystems. In: Loya Y, Puglise KA, Bridge TCL (eds) Mesophotic coral ecosystems. Springer, New York

McCauley, M., A.T. Banaszak, and T.L. Goulet. 2018. Species traits dictate seasonal-dependent responses of octocoral–algal symbioses to elevated temperature and ultraviolet radiation. Coral Reefs 2018. 37:901-917.

Hall E.R., Muller E.M., Goulet T., Bellworthy J., Ritchie K.B., Fine M. 2018. Eutrophication may compromise the resilience of the Red Sea coral Stylophora pistillata to global change. Marine Pollution Bulletin 131:701-711

Ohdera A.H., Abrams M.J., Ames C.L., Baker D.M., Suescún-Bolívar L.P., Collins A.G., Freeman C.J., Gamero-Mora E., Goulet T.L., Hofmann D.K., Jaimes-Becerra A., Long P.F., Marques A.C., Miller L.A., Mydlarz L.D., Morandini A.C., Newkirk C.R., Putri S.P., Samson J.E., Stampar S.N., Steinworth B., Templeman M., Thomé P.E., Vlok M., Woodley C.M., Wong J.C.Y., Martindale M.Q., Fitt W.K., Medina M. 2018 Upside-down but headed in the right direction: review of the highly versatile Cassiopea xamachana system. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6

Goulet T.L., Shirur K.P., Ramsby B.D., Iglesias-Prieto R.  2017.  The effects of elevated seawater temperatures on Caribbean gorgonian corals and their algal symbionts, Symbiodinium spp. PLoS ONE 12:e0171032

Shirur, K.P., C.R. Jackson, and T.L. Goulet.  2016.  Lesion recovery and the bacterial microbiome in two Caribbean gorgonian corals.  Marine Biology.  163:238.  DOI: 10.1007/s00227-016-3008-6

Howell, J. T.L. Goulet, and D. Goulet.  2016.  Sea anemone musical chairs and the plight of the two-band anemonefish, Amphiprion bicinctus.  Environmental Biology of Fishes. 99:873–886.  DOI: 10.1007/s10641-016-0530-9

Parrin A.P., T.L. Goulet, M.A. Yaeger, L.S. Bross, C.S. McFadden, and N.W. Blackstone. 2016. Symbiodinium migration mitigates bleaching in three octocoral species. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 474: 73-80 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2015.09.019

Goulet T.L. 2015. Box 10.3: The importance of the combined host-symbiont (holobiont) perspective in studies of cnidarian – Symbiodinium mutualisms. Invited contribution to the chapter “Context-dependent outcomes of mutualistic interactions” by J.D. Hoeksema and E.M. Bruna, in Mutualisms, edited by Judith Bronstein. 320pp. Oxford University Press.

Shirur, K.P., B.D. Ramsby, R. Iglesias-Prieto and T.L. Goulet. 2014. Biochemical composition of Caribbean gorgonians: implications for gorgonian symbiosis and ecology. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 461: 275-285.

Ramsby, B.D., K.P. Shirur, R. Iglesias-Prieto and T.L. Goulet. 2014. Symbiodinium photosynthesis in Caribbean octocorals. PLoS ONE. 9: e106419. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0106419

Kenkel, C.D., C. Sheridan, M.C. Leal, R. Bhagooli, K.D. Castillo, N. Kurata, E. McGinty, T.L. Goulet and M.V. Matz. 2014. Diagnostic gene expression biomarkers of coral thermal stress. Molecular Ecology Resources. 14: 667-678.

Banaszak, A.T., M. García Ramos and T.L. Goulet. 2013. The symbiosis between the gastropod Strombus gigas and the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium: An ontogenic journey from mutualism to parasitism. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 449: 358–365.

Byler, K.A., M. Carmi-Veal, M. Fine and T.L. Goulet. 2013. Multiple symbiont acquisition strategies as an adaptive mechanism in the coral Stylophora pistillata. PLoS ONE. 8: e59596. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0059596

Kenkel C.D., G. Aglyamova, A. Alamaru, R. Bhagooli, R. Capper, J.R. Cunning, A. deVillers, J.A. Haslun, L. Hédouin, S. Keshavmurthy, K.A. Kuehl, H. Mahmoud, E.S. McGinty, P.H. Montoya-Maya, C.V. Palmer, R. Pantile, J.A. Sánchez, T. Schils, R.N. Silverstein, L.B. Squiers, P.C. Tang, T.L. Goulet and M.V. Matz. 2011. Development of gene expression markers of acute heat-light stress in reef-building corals of the genus Porites. PLoS ONE. 6: e26194. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0026914

Lundeberg, M.A., H. Kang, B. Wolter, R. delMas, N. Armstrong, B. Borsari, N. Boury, P. Brickman, K. Hannam, C. Heinz, T. Horvath, M. Knabb, T. Platt, N. Rice, B. Rogers, J. Sharp, E. Ribbens, K. S. Maier, M. Deschryver, R. Hagley, T. Goulet, and C. F. Herreid. 2011. Context matters: increasing understanding with interactive Clicker Case studies. Educational Technology Research and Development. 59: 645-671.

Oren, M., G. Paz, J. Douek, A. Rosner, Z. Fishelson, T.L. Goulet, K. Henckel and B. Rinkevich. 2010. ‘Rejected’ vs. ‘Rejecting’ transcriptomes in allogeneic challenged colonial urochordates. Molecular Immunology. 47: 2083–2093.

Manor, S., O. Polak, W.M. Saidel, T.L. Goulet and N. Shashar. 2009. Light intensity mediated polarotaxis in Pontella karachiensis (Pontellidae, Copepoda). Vision Research. 49: 2371-2378.

Goulet, T.L., T. C. LaJeunesse and K. E. Fabricius. 2008. Symbiont specificity and bleaching susceptibility among soft corals in the 1998 Great Barrier Reef mass coral bleaching event. Marine Biology. 154: 795-804.

Goulet, T.L., C. Simmons and D. Goulet. 2008. Worldwide biogeography of Symbiodinium in tropical octocorals. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 355: 45-58.

Johnson, C.E. and T.L. Goulet. 2007. A comparison of photographic analyses used to quantify zooxanthella density and pigment concentrations in Cnidarians. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 353:287-295.

Goulet, T.L. 2007. Most scleractinian corals and octocorals host a single symbiotic zooxanthella clade. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 335: 243-248.

Goulet, T.L. 2006. Most corals may not change their symbionts. Feature Article. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 321: 1-7. http://www.int-res.com/articles/feature/m321p001.pdf  Featured in Science. 2006. Editors’ Choice. 313: 1542.

Goulet, D. and T.L. Goulet. 2006. Nonindependent mating in a coral reef damselfish: evidence of mate choice copying in the wild. Behavioral Ecology. 17: 998-1003. http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/17/6/998.full.pdf+html

Goulet, T.L., C. Cook and D. Goulet. 2005. Effect of elevated temperature and light levels on the photosynthesis of different host-symbiont combinations in the Aiptasia pallida / Symbiodinium symbiosis. Limnology and Oceanography. 50: 1490-1498.

Goulet, T.L. and M.A. Coffroth. 2004. The genetic identity of dinoflagellate symbionts in Caribbean octocorals. Coral Reefs. 23: 465-472.

Goulet, T.L. and M.A. Coffroth. 2003. Stability of an octocoral-algal symbiosis over time and space. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 250: 117-124. http://www.int-res.com/articles/meps2003/250/m250p117.pdf

Goulet, T.L. and M.A. Coffroth. 2003. Genetic composition of zooxanthellae between and within colonies of the octocoral Plexaura kuna based on small subunit rDNA and multilocus DNA fingerprinting. Marine Biology. 142: 233-239.

Coffroth, M.A., S.R. Santos, and T.L. Goulet. 2001. Early ontogenetic expression of specificity in a Cnidarian-Algal symbiosis. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 222: 85-96. http://www.int-res.com/articles/meps/222/m222p085.pdf

Shlesinger, Y, T.L. Goulet and Y. Loya. 1998. Reproductive patterns of scleractinian corals in Eilat, Red Sea. Marine Biology. 132: 691-701.

Goulet, T.L. and M.A. Coffroth. 1997. A within colony comparison of zooxanthella genotypes in the Caribbean gorgonian Plexaura kuna. Proceedings 8th International Coral Reef Symposium, Panama. 2: 1331-1334.

Liberman, T., A. Genin and Y. Loya. 1995. Effects on growth and reproduction of the coral Stylophora pistillata by the mutualistic damselfish Dascyllus marginatus. Marine Biology. 121: 741-746.

Rinkevich, B., N. Shashar and T. Liberman. 1992. Nontransitive xenogeneic interactions between four common Red Sea sessile invertebrates. Proceedings 7th International Coral Reef Symposium, Guam. 2: 833-839.
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Science Communication and Outreach:

Goulet, T.L., Homer-Drummond, S. M.  2018.  Maternal transmission of microbiome (in-class activity for understanding primary literature). QUBES. doi:10.25334/Q4CH5T.  https://qubeshub.org/publications/361/

Goulet, T.L. 2011. What happened to 28 days? A clicker case about the female menstrual cycle. Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Collection. http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=602&id=602

Goulet, T.L. 2009. The Sperm saga. Conceive magazine. 6(2):68.

Goulet, T.L. 2008. Eggs explained. Conceive magazine.

Goulet, T.L. 2007. Period problems. Conceive magazine. 4(2): 72-73

Goulet, T.L. 2007. Why? Period. Conceive magazine. 4(1): 74

Goulet, T.L. 2006. The “yellow body”. Conceive magazine. 3(4): 78

Goulet, T.L. 2006. Pop quiz. Conceive magazine. 3(3): 80

Goulet, T.L. 2006. The IVF super cycle. Conceive Magazine. Spring 2006 3(1): 88.

Goulet, T.L. 2005. Moonlighting of Menstrual Hormones. Conceive Magazine. Winter 2005 2 (4):88.

Goulet, T.L. 2005. Your body’s built-in ovulation detector. Conceive Magazine. Fall 2005 2 (3): 88.

University of Mississippi, College of Liberal Arts newsletter, The View from Ventress; coverage of teaching innovation, Spring 2007

Softpedia; coverage of coral research, 26 September, 2006

The Why Files; coverage of coral research, 21 September, 2006

New Scientist; coverage of coral research, 23 September, 2006

New Scientist; coverage of coral research, 13 September, 2006

Oxford Eagle (Daily newspaper); coverage of teaching innovation, 9 August, 2006

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Kristen Byler, M.Sc. completed
Jacob Howell, M.Sc. completed
Mark McCauley, Ph.D. in progress
Blake Ramsby, M.Sc. completed
Kartick P. Shirur, Ph.D. completed
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BISC 102 – Inquiry into Life: Human Biology

BISC 335 – Human Reproduction

BISC 345 – Symbiosis: from parasitism to mutualism (New course)

BISC 445 – Introduction to coral reef ecology (Study Abroad, Belize)

BISC 491 – Directed study in biological sciences I (student research)

BISC 492 – Directed study in biological sciences II (student research)

BISC 579 – Advanced topics in biology (student research)

BISC 650 – Introduction to Research in Biological Sciences

BISC 677 – Topics in Evolution and Ecology

Teaching Awards

2018 Honorable Mention, PLATO Program Teaching Excellence Award

2008 College of Liberal Arts Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen

1997 Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award, SUNY at Buffalo

1996 Honorable Mention for Excellence in Teaching, SUNY at Buffalo
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Faculty in the Department of Biology Working on Symbiotic Systems

Dr. Richard Buchholz

Dr. Denis Goulet

Dr. Jason Hoeksema

Dr. Erik Hom

Dr. William Resetarits

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