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Biomechanics, evolution, and ecophysiology of marine macroalgae







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Huber, S., Froese, T., Gretner, J., DeMong, A., Eastham, T., and P.T. Martone. Would compromised calcification increase coralline algal susceptibility to herbivory? (In prep, J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. )

Breitkreutz, A., Coleman, L., and P.T. Martone. Less than the sum of its parts: morphology and blade clustering reduce drag in the bull kelp Nereocystis luetkeana. (In prep, J. Exp. Biol.)

Coleman, L. and P.T. Martone. Morphological plasticity in the kelp Nereocystis luetkeana (Phaeophyceae) is sensitive to the magnitude, direction, and location of mechanical stress. (Submitted, J. Phycol.)

Starko, S., Demes, K., Neufeld, C., and P.T. Martone. Convergent evolution of niche structure in Northeast Pacific kelp forests. (Submitted, Funct. Ecol..)

Pornsinsiriruk, V., Coleman, L., and P.T. Martone. Elevated temperature affects phenotypic plasticity in the bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana, Phaeophyceae). (Submitted, J. Phycol.)

Liggan, L. and P.T. Martone. Gas composition of developing pneumatocysts in bull kelp Nereocystis luetkeana (Phaeophyceae). (Submitted, J. Phycol.)


Martone, P.T., Janot, K., Fujita, M., Wasteneys, G., Ruel, K., Joseleau, J.P., and J. M. Estevez. (2019) Cellulose-rich secondary walls in wave-swept red macroalgae fortify flexible tissues. Planta 250: 1867-1879 pdf

Hind, K., Starko, S., Burt, J., Lemay, M., Salomon, A., and P.T. Martone. (2019) Trophic control of cryptic coralline algal diversity. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1900506116 pdf *UBC press *video

Starko, S., Soto Gomez, M, Darby, H., Demes, K., Kawai, H., Yotsukura, N., Lindstrom, S.C., Keeling, P.J., Graham, S.W., and P.T. Martone. (2019) A comprehensive kelp phylogeny sheds light on the evolution of an ecosystem. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 136: 138-150 pdf


Hind, K., Gabrielson, P., Jensen, C., and P.T. Martone. (2018) Evolutionary reversals in Bossiella (Corallinales, Rhodophyta): first report of a coralline genus with both geniculate and non-geniculate species. J. Phycol. 54: 788-798 pdf *cover

Liggan, L. and P.T. Martone. (2018) Under pressure: biomechanical limitations of developing pneumatocysts in the bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana, Phaeophyceae). J. Phycol. 54: 608-615 pdf *cover

Lemay, M., Martone, P.T., Hind, K., Lindstrom, S., and L.W. Parfrey. (2018) Alternate life history phases of a marine macroalgal genus have distinct microbial surface communities. Mol. Ecol. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14815 pdf *cover

Starko, S., Boo, G.H., Martone, P.T., and S.C. Lindstrom. (2018) A molecular investigation of Saccharina sessilis from the Aleutian Islands reveals a species complex, necessitating the description of Saccharina subsessilis comb. nov. Algae 33(2): 157-166 pdf

Janot, K. and P.T. Martone. (2018) Bending strategies of convergently-evolved, articulated coralline algae. J. Phycol. 54: 305-316 pdf *cover

Starko, S., Mansfield, S., and P.T. Martone. (2018) Cell wall chemistry and tissue structure underlie shifts in material properties of a perennial kelp. Euro. J. Phycol. DOI: 10.1080/09670262.2018.1449013 pdf

Lemay, M., Martone, P.T., Keeling, P., Burt, J., Krumhansl, K., Sanders, R., and L. Parfrey. (2018) Sympatric kelp species share a large portion of their surface bacterial communities. Environ. Microbiol. 20(2): 658-670 pdf


Guenther, R., Miklasz, K., Carrington, E., and P.T. Martone. (2017) Macroalgal spore dysfunction: ocean acidification delays and weakens adhesion. J. Phycol. DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12614 pdf

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Hind, K., Gabrielson, P.W., Jensen, C., and P.T. Martone. (2016) Crusticorallina gen. nov., a non-geniculate genus in the subfamily Corallinoideae (Corallinales, Rhodophyta). J. Phycol. 52: 929-941 pdf *cover *Bob Paine memorium

Starko, S. and P.T. Martone. (2016) An empirical test of 'universal' biomass scaling relationships in kelps: evidence of convergence with seed plants. New Phytol. 212: 719-729 pdf *cover *blogpost *Science press

Janot, K. and P.T. Martone. (2016) Convergence of joint mechanics in independently evolving, articulated coralline algae. J. Exp. Biol. 219: 383-391 pdf

Starko, S. and P.T. Martone. (2016) Evidence of an evolutionary-developmental trade-off between drag avoidance and tolerance strategies in wave-swept intertidal kelps (Laminariales, Phaeophyceae). J. Phycol. 52: 54-63 pdf


Hind, K., Miller, K.A., Young, M., Jensen, C., Gabrielson, P.W., and P.T. Martone. (2015) Resolving cryptic species of Bossiella (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) using contemporary and historical DNA. Am. J. Bot. 102(11): 1-19 pdf

Labeeuw, L., Martone, P.T., Boucher, Y., and R.J. Case. (2015) Ancient origin of the biosynthesis of lignin precursors. Biology Direct 10:23 pdf

Starko, S., Claman, B. and P.T. Martone. (2015) Biomechanical costs of branching in flexible wave-swept macroalgae. New Phytol. 206: 133-140 pdf


Hind, K., Gabrielson, P., Lindstrom, S., and P.T. Martone. (2014) Misleading morphologies and the importance of sequencing type specimens for resolving coralline taxonomy (Corallinales, Rhodophyta): Pachyarthron cretaceum is Corallina officinalis. J. Phycol. 50: 760-754 pdf

Fisher, K. and P.T. Martone. (2014) Field study of growth and calcification rates of three species of articulated coralline algae in British Columbia, Canada. Biol. Bull. 226: 121-130 pdf

Guenther, R. and P.T. Martone. (2014) Physiological performance of intertidal coralline algae during a simulated tidal cycle. J. Phycol. 50: 310-321 pdf

Anderson, L. and P.T. Martone. (2014) Biomechanical consequences of epiphytism in intertidal macroalgae. J. Exp. Biol. 217: 1167-1174 pdf


Denny, M., Mach, K., Tepler, S. and P.T. Martone. (2013) Indefatigable: an erect coralline alga is highly resistant to fatigue. J. Exp. Biol. 216 (20): 3772-3780 pdf *featured *Science News

Janouskovec, J., Liu, S.L., Martone, P.T., Carre, W., LeBlanc, C., Collen, J., and P.J. Keeling. (2013) Evolution of red algal plastid genomes: ancient architectures, introns, horizontal gene transfer, and taxonomic utility of plastid markers. PLoS One 8(3): e59001 pdf


Martone, P.T., Lindstrom, S.C., Miller, K.A., and P.W. Gabrielson. (2012) Chiharaea and Yamadaia (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) represent reduced and recently derived articulated coralline morphologies. J. Phycol. 48: 859-868 pdf *cover

Martone, P.T., Kost, L., and M. Boller. (2012) Drag reduction in wave-swept macroalgae: alternative strategies and new predictions. Am. J. Bot. 99(5): 1-10 pdf *cover *Eurekalert

Clarke Murray, C., Therriault, T. and P.T. Martone. (2012) Adapted for invasion? Comparing attachment, drag, and dislodgement of native and nonindigenous hull-fouling species. Biol. Invasions 14(8): 1651-1663 pdf

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Demes, K., Carrington, E., Gosline, J., and P.T. Martone. (2011) Variation in anatomical and material properties explains differences in hydrodynamic performance of foliose red algae (Rhodophyta). J. Phycol. 47: 1360-1367 pdf

Lindstrom, S.C., Hughey, J.R., and P.T. Martone. (2011) New, resurrected and redefined names for Mastocarpus species in the northeast Pacific. Phycologia 50(6): 661-683 pdf

Gabrielson, P.W., Miller, K.A., and P.T. Martone. (2011) Morphometric and molecular analyses confirm two distinct species of Calliarthron (Corallinales, Rhodophyta), a genus endemic to the northeast Pacific. Phycologia 50(3): 298-316 pdf *cover

Chan, C.X., Yang, E.C., Banerjee, T., Yoon, H.S., Martone, P.T., Estevez, J.M., and D. Bhattacharya. (2011) Red and green algal monophyly and extensive gene sharing found in a rich repertoire of red algal genes. Curr. Biol. 21: 328-333 pdf


Martone, P.T., Boller, M., Burgert, I., Dumais, J., Edwards, J., Mach, K., Rowe, N., Rueggeberg, M., Seidel, R., and T. Speck. (2010) Mechanics without muscle: biomechanical inspiration from the plant world. Int. Comp. Biol. 50(5): 888-907 pdf

Martone, P.T., Alyono, M., and S. Stites. (2010) Bleaching in an intertidal coralline alga: untangling the effects of light, temperature, and desiccation. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Series 416: 57-67 pdf

Martone, P.T., Navarro, D., Stortz, C., and J. Estevez. (2010) Differences in polysaccharide structure between calcified and uncalcified segments in the coralline Calliarthron cheilosporioides (Corallinales, Rhodophyta). J. Phycol. 46(3): 507-515 pdf

Martone, P.T. (2010) Quantifying growth and calcium carbonate deposition of Calliarthron cheilosporioides (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) in the field using a persistent vital stain. J. Phycol. 46(1): 13-17 pdf


Martone, P.T., Estevez, J., Lu, F., Ruel, K., Denny, M., Somerville, C., and J. Ralph. (2009) Discovery of lignin in seaweed reveals convergent evolution of cell-wall architecture. Curr. Biol. 19(2): 169-175 pdf *American Scientist magazine *EARTH magazine *Faculty of 1000

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Martone, P.T. and M.W. Denny. (2008) To bend a coralline: effect of joint morphology on flexibility and stress amplification in an articulated calcified seaweed. J. Exp. Biol. 211(21): 3421-3432 pdf *featured

Martone, P.T. and M.W. Denny. (2008) To break a coralline: mechanical constraints on the size and survival of a wave-swept seaweed. J. Exp. Biol. 211(21): 3433-3441 pdf *featured

Martone, P.T. (2007) Kelp versus coralline: cellular basis for mechanical strength in the wave- swept alga Calliarthron (Corallinaceae, Rhodophyta).  J. Phycol. 43(5): 882-891 pdf *cover

Steneck, R.S. and P.T. Martone. (2007) “Calcified algae.”  In Encyclopedia of Tidepools, eds. M.W. Denny and S.D. Gaines.  Berkeley: University of California Press pdf

Martone, P.T. (2006) Size, strength, and allometry of joints in the articulated coralline CalliarthronJ. Exp. Biol. 209(9): 1678-1689 pdf

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