Renae Brodie, Ph.D.

Renae Brodie

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences


B.A. Aquatic Biology, UC Santa Barbara, 1991
Ph.D., Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Washington 1999

Postdoctoral Training

Smithsonian (Marine Station/Tropical Research Institute), 2000-2002

Research Interests

  • Behavior, Development and Ecophysiology of Terrestrial Crabs


  • Biology 150  Introductory Biology  (fall)
  • Biology 315  Ethology  (spring)

Selected Publications

Brodie, R., R. Styles, S. Borgianini, J. Godley, and K. Butler. 2007. Larval mortality during export to the sea in the fiddler crab, Uca minax (Le Conte, 1855). Marine Biology. 152(6): 1283-1291.

Godley Jenice, and Renae J.Brodie. 2007. The effect of summer storms on early life stages of Uca minax, U. pugnax and U. pugilator in North Inlet Estuary, SC, USA. Marine Ecology Progress Series In press.

Brodie, Renae J. 2005. Desiccation resistance in megalopae of the terrestrial hermit crab Coenobita compressus: water loss and the role of the shell. Invertebrate Biology 124: 265-272.

Behum, Matthew E., and Renae J. Brodie. 2005. Distribution of juvenile Uca pugnax and Uca pugilator across habitats in a South Carolina Estuary, assessed by molecular techniques. Marine Ecology Progress Series 288:211-220.

Brodie, R., M. Behum, E. Monroe, J. Staton and N. Glenn. 2005. Recruitment to adult habitats following marine planktonic development in the in the fiddler crabs Uca pugilator, Uca pugnax and Uca minax. Marine Biology 147:105-111.

Brodie, Renae J. 2002. Timing of the water-to-land transition and metamorphosis in the land hermit crab Coenobita compressus H. Milne Edwards: evidence that settlement and metamorphosis are de-coupled. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol. 272:1-11.

Brodie, Renae J. and Alan J. Harvey. 2001. Development of the terrestrial hermit crab, Coenobita compressus, in the laboratory. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 21(3):715-732.

Brodie, Renae J. 1999. Ontogeny of shell-related behaviors and transition to land in the terrestrial hermit crab, Coenobita compressus (Crustacea: Coenobitidae). J Exp Mar Biol Ecol. 241: 67-80.

Hunt, James H., Renae J. Brodie, T. Paige Carithers, Paul Goldstein, and Daniel Janzen. 1999. Dry season migration by Costa Rican lowland paper wasps to high elevation cold dormancy sites. Biotropica 31(1):192-196.

Brodie, Renae J. 1998. Movements of the terrestrial hermit crab, Coenobita clypeatus (Crustacea: Coenobitidae). Rev. Biol. Trop., 46 Supl. (4):181-185.