Robert E. DeWreede
office phone: (604) 822-6785
research has dealt with both theoretical and practical aspects of the
ecology of marine macro-algae, in both temperate and tropical habitats. In
Hawaii I studied the ecology and taxonomy of Sargassum, and helped
in establishing pilot farms for Eucheuma (a red seaweed and
carrageenan producer) in the Philippines and the Confederated States of
Micronesia. Under the direction of Dr. M.S. Doty these farms have become a
highly successful enterprise in the Philippines.
In British Columbia, my research is on the structure and demography of marine algal populations, and of the biomechanical properties of selected species; along with graduate students, this work has focused on populations of subtidal kelps, Fucus, and various red algae. These algae have been studied for their competitive interactions, susceptibility to herbivores, and their biomechanical properties. This research has produced both mathematical and conceptual models.