The Martone Lab

Biomechanics, evolution, and ecophysiology of marine macroalgae








Dr. Patrick T. Martone

Associate Professor, U. British Columbia (2013-present)

Assistant Professor, U. British Columbia (2008-2013)

Post-doctoral Scholar, Stanford University (2007-2008)

PhD, Stanford University (2001-2007)

BS, Duke University (1994-1998)

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Dr. Jenn Clark, Post-doctoral Hakai Scholar

Research interests: Effects of climate change on life history stages and traits of seaweeds; photophysiology; population genetics and connectivity of seaweeds

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Dr. Matt Whalen, Post-doctoral Hakai Scholar

Research interests: Influences of environmental variation on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning across scales

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Kyra Janot, PhD student

Research interests: Convergent evolution of joints in articulated coralline algae, linking biomechanical properties to chemical composition of cell walls

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Sam Starko, PhD student

Research interests: Evolutionary ecology of kelps; using phylogenetic methods to investigate the evolution of biomechanical, morphological, and ecological traits

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Liam Coleman, PhD student

Research interests: Morphological plasticity of seaweeds in response to environmental stresses, particularly water velocity

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Laura Borden, MSc student

Research interests: Effect of temperature and urchin grazing on growth and recovery of Agarum kelp beds; resilience of microscopic kelp gametophytes

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Soren Huber, MSc student

Research interests: Morphological adaptation and phenotypic plasticity of marine macroalgae; taxonomy of cryptic species, particularly coralline algae

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Lauran Liggan, MSc 2016, Research Technician

Research interests: Development and biomechanics of buoyant pneumatocysts in the bull kelp Nereocystis; long-term monitoring of the harvested seaweed, Pyropia abbottiae

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Dr. Tiff Stephens, Post-doctoral scholar (2016-2017)

Research interests: Effects of thallus morphology and water motion on carbon and nitrogen metabolism; nutrient partitioning within seaweed communities, particularly facilitation within host-epiphyte pairs

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Dr. Katy Hind, Post-doctoral Hakai Scholar (2013-2016)

Research interests: Evolution, taxonomy, and biogeography of coralline algae; polyploidy and speciation

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Rebecca Guenther, PhD 2016

Research interests: Ecophysiology of calcified coralline algae in response to environmental stress and climate change

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Jennifer Jorve, PhD 2015

Co-supervisor: Chris Harley

Research interests: Effects of climate change on marine flora and fauna; influence of habitat-forming species on associated communities

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Laura Anderson, MSc 2012

Research interests: Ecological costs and benefits of host-epiphyte relationships, especially with regards to predation and biomechanics

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Barry Claman, Undergraduate researcher

Majors: Engineering Physics

Research interests: Developing software and force transducers to measure drag on macroalgae in the re-circulating water flume; morphological trade-off between photosynthetic area and drag; morphological selective pressures on shape


Teaghan Mayers, Undergraduate researcher

Co-supervisor: Sandra Lindstrom

Majors: Marine Biology, Honors

Research interests: Morphological and physiological plasticity of Mastocarpus species; using molecular tools to differentiate cryptic species


Bess Kennedy, Undergraduate researcher

Major: Marine Biology

Research interests: Algal symbiosis / lichenization, effects of fungal association on the physiology and survival of the supralittoral marine alga Prasiola


Cathryn Clarke Murray, PhD Student

Primary supervisors: E. Pakhomov, T. Therriault

Research interests: Hull-fouling communities, transport of native and non-native species, biomechanical adaptations of hull-fouling invasive species

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Kathryn Fisher, Undergraduate researcher

Majors: Botany and Geology

Research interests: Growth and calcification of coralline algae, effects of environmental conditions on cell wall mineralogy and algal growth, ecological consequences of calcification and role of biogenic carbonates in geologic carbon cycle


Eli Berenbeim and Monika Dean,

Undergraduate researchers

Co-Supervisor: Chris Harley

Research interests: Effects of ocean acidification on growth rate, photosynthetic efficiency, and community structure of phytoplankton communities, especially diatoms

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Fiona Hodge, Research Technician

Preservation of seaweeds for classroom demonstrations, museum collections, and herbarium vouchers; certified algal enthusiast; incredible lab and field assistant

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Daniel Crawford, Undergraduate researcher

Majors: Engineering physics

Research interests: Biomechanical properties of filamentous algae, effect of cell wall composition on algal material properties

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Kevin Murphy, Research Technician

Majors: Visual Arts and Construction

Preservation of seaweeds for classroom demonstrations, infiltrating kelps with glycerine and embedding corallines in resin


Interested in joining the Martone Lab?

We are always on the lookout for bright, creative students who are inspired by seaweeds and want to understand how life "works." Applications from students with NSERC fellowships are especially welcome. To discuss possibilities of joining the lab, send Patrick an email.


Department of Botany, University of British Columbia

3529-6270 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 CANADA

Rm 3224, Biological Sciences Building

604-822-9338 (PTM office), 604-822-9413 (lab)