PhD Candidate, Graduate Fellow



I am interested in how climate variability impacts the reproductive biology and behavior of commercially and recreationally important fish species. My research focuses on the influence of oceanographic conditions on Black Rockfish (Sebastes melanops) reproductive development in the northeast Pacific. I also research population dynamics and recovery of Red Hind (Epinephelus guttatus) at a spawning aggregation in the Caribbean. Before joining the Heppell Lab, I worked as a fisheries biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina, and I studied offshore fish communities on artificial reefs as a technician at University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences.


Rosemond, RC, RS Nemeth, SA Heppell. 2022. Demographic recovery of a reef fish population over 30 years of spawning aggregation site protection. Frontiers in Marine Science 9: 931409. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.931409.



Lemoine, HR, AB Paxton, SC Anisfeld, RC Rosemond, and CH Peterson. 2019. Selecting the optimal artificial reefs to achieve fish habitat enhancement goals. Biological Conservation 238: 108200. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108200.

Rosemond, RC, AB Paxton, HL Lemoine, SR Fegley, and CH Peterson. 2018. Fish use of reef structures and adjacent sand flats: implications for selecting minimum buffer zones between new artificial reefs and existing reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 587: 187-199. DOI: 10.3354/meps12428.

Paxton, AB, LW Revels, RC Rosemond, R. Van Hoeck, HR Lemoine, JC Taylor, and CH Peterson. 2018. Convergence of fish community structure between a newly deployed and an established artificial reef along a five-month trajectory. Ecological Engineering 123: 185-192. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2018.09.012.


Scott Heppell