School of the Environment


Dr. Michael Martinez-Colon
Assistant Professor
School of the Environment
Florida A&M University
FSH Science Research Center
1515 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., #
Phone: 850-561-2134
Fax: 850-561-2248

•    Ph.D., Oceanography, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2016
•    MSc, Geology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR, 2003
•    BSc, Geology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR, 1997

Research Interests
•    Foraminiferal micropaleontology (recent foraminiferal distribution/assemblages)
•    Foraminiferal paleoecology (Neogene foraminiferal distribution/assemblages)
•    Environmental micropaleontology
•    Foraminiferal culture work
•    Coastal ecology
•    Fate and trophic transfer of pollutants in coastal ecosystems
•    Regional Caribbean geology/stratigraphy/ sedimentation 

Selected Publications

·         O'Malley, B.J., Schwing, P.T., Martínez-Colón, M., Spezzaferri, S., Machain-Castillo, M.L., Larson, R.A., Brooks, G.R., Ruiz-Fernández, A.C., and Hollander, D.J., 2021. Development of a benthic foraminifera based marine biotic index (Foram-AMBI) for the Gulf of Mexico: a decision support tool. Ecological Indicators. 

·         Martins, M.V.A., Laut, L., Belart, P., Martínez-Colón, M., Pereira, E., Heringer-Villena, H., Miranda, P., Terroso, D., Geraldes, M.C., Bergamashi, S., and Rocha, R., 2020. Eutrophication and bioavailability of potentially toxic elements in organic matter influence in living benthic foraminifera of NE sector of Guanabara Bay (Brazil). Marine Pollution Bulletin. 

·         El Kateb, A., Stalder, C., Martínez-Colón, M., Mateu-Vicens, G., Francescangeli, F., Coletti, G., Stainbank, S., and Spezzaferri, S., 2020. Foraminiferal-based biotic indices to assess the ecological quality status of Gulf of Gabes (Tunisia): future perspectives. Ecological Indicators. 

·         Prazeres, M., Martínez-Colón, M., and Hallock, P., 2020. Foraminifera as bioindicators of water quality: The FoRAM Index revisited. Environmental Pollution. 

·         Martínez-Colón, M., Hallock, P., Green-Ruíz, C., and Smoak, J., 2018. Benthic foraminifera as bioindicators of potentially toxic elements (PTE) pollution: Torrecilla Lagoon, Puerto Rico. Ecological Indicators Journal, v. 89, p. 516-527. 

·         Martínez-Colón, M., Hallock, P., Green-Ruíz, C., and Smoak, J., 2017. Temporal variability in potentially toxic elements (PTE’s) and benthic Foraminifera in an estuarine environment in Puerto Rico. Micropaleontology, v. 63(6), p. 357-381. 

·         Emrich, K., Martínez-Colón, M., and Alegria, H., 2017. Is untreated sewage impacting coral reefs in Caye Caulker, Belize? Journal of Foraminiferal Research, v. 47(1), p. 20-33. 

·         Schwing, P.T., O’Malley, B.J., Romero, I.C., Martínez-Colón, M., Hastings, D.W., Glabach, M.A., Hladky, E.M., Greco, A., and D.J. Hollander, 2017. Characterizing the variability of benthic foraminifera in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon event (2010–2012), Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

doi 10.1007/s11356-016-7996-z. 

·         Alegria, H., Martínez-Colón, M., Kurt-Karakus, P., Brooks, G., *Hanson, L., and Birgul, A., 2016. Historical sediment record and levels of PCBs in sediments and mangroves of Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico. Science of the Total Environment, v. 573, p. 1003-1009. 


•    Florida A&M University Emerging Researcher Award (2017-2018)

•    National Academics of Science-Gulf research program Early-Career Research Fellowship (2017)
•    Keynote Speaker at the The Micropaleontological Society (Foraminifera and Nannofossil) Joint Meeting in Texel-The Netherlands (2014).
•    USF-Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2011)
•    AACU- K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award (Nomination- top 10%) (2011)
•    USF-GPSC Student Award for Academic and Professional Achievements (2010)
•    USF/Tampa Bay Parrot Head Endowed Fellowship (2009)
•    USA Student Representative at the International Year of Planet Earth in Portugal (2009)
•    USF/Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club Endowed Fellowship (2008)
•    USF Successful Latino Student Awardψ (Awarded to top 1% of 1200 eligible students) (2007)
•    USF-IGERT Student Award (in recognition for being awarded a NOAA-NERR Grant) (2007)
•    SLOAN Foundation Fellowship (2007)
•    The National Scholars Honor Society (2006)
•    Latin-American Caribbean Scholarship (2005)
•    Universidad del Este- Presidential Award (2005)
•    USGS-EDMAP Scholarship (2001)

Advisory Board Member
Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station
South Carolina State University/Department of Energy

Board of Directors
Rock Detective Geoscience Education

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Click to access the Puerto Sea Grant Data Management for Benthic Foraminifera as Bio-indicators of Potentially Toxic Element (PTEs) Pollution: Torrecilla Lagoon (San Juan Bay Estuary), Puerto Rico

Contact Info

1515 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
FSH Science Research Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850) 599-3550
F: (850) 599-8183