The Martone Lab

Biomechanics, evolution, and ecophysiology of marine macroalgae







Patrick Martone  

Dr. Patrick T. Martone (he / him)

Professor, UBC (2019-present)

Associate Professor, UBC (2013-2019)

Assistant Professor, UBC (2008-2013)

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

PhD, Stanford University (2001-2007)

BS, Duke University (1994-1998)

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Matt Whalen  

Dr. Matt Whalen (he / him)

Post-doctoral Hakai Scholar

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

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Brenton Twist  

Dr. Brenton Twist

Post-doctoral Hakai Scholar

Research interests: Coralline algal ecology, community dynamics, and ecosystem services. Effects of environmental and biotic interactions on community composition. Settlement induction of macroalgal spores and invertebrate larvae by different coralline species.

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Liam Coleman  

Dr. Rachael Wade (she / her)

Post-doctoral Hakai Scholar

Research interests: Taxonomy and biogeography of coralline algal species, especially in the genus Corallina and Lithophyllum

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personal website

Alana Breitkreutz  

Alana Breitkreutz, PhD student

Research interests: Biomechanical and developmental aspects of blade tearing in kelps; effects of branching and blade splitting on reconfiguration and drag

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Elliot Porcher  

Elliot Porcher, PhD student (he / him)

Research interests: Coralline algal physiology in response to environmental stress; physiological mechanisms of recovery and resistance

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Varoon P  

Varoon P. Supratya, MSc student

Research interests: Individual and interactive effects of environmental stressors, particularly nutrients, water flow, and temperature, on kelp physiology

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Varoon P  

Maisie Musor, MSc student (she / her)

Research interests: Macroalgal adhesives; biochemistry and biomechanics of macroalgal spore and holdfast attachment

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Varoon P  

Emma Jourdain, MSc student

Research interests: Coralline algal calcification and decalcification mechanisms; evolution and development of genicula in articulated coralline algae

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Lab Alumni

Liam Coleman  

Dr. Liam Coleman, PhD 2021

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

Lauran Liggan  

Lauran Liggan, MSc 2016, Lab Manager 2019-2021 (she / her)

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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Jenn Clark  

Dr. Jenn Clark (she / her)

Post-doctoral Hakai Scholar 2018-2020

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

Soren Huber  

Soren (Huber) Schipper, MSc 2020 (she / her)

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

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Jan Xue  

Jan Xue, MSc 2020 (she / her)

Co-supervisor: Lacey Samuels

Research interests: Evolution of enzymes involved in cell wall biosynthesis, particularly CesA; transforming Arabidopsis to test the function of algal genes

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Sam Starko  

Dr. Sam Starko, PhD 2019

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

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Kyra janot  

Dr. Kyra Janot, PhD 2018 (she / her)

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

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Laura Borden  

Laura Borden, MSc 2018

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

Tiff Stephens  

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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personal website

Katy Hind  

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  

Dr. Rebecca Guenther, MSc 2012 and PhD 2016

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

Jenn jorve  

Dr. 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

Laura Anderson  

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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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." We strive for a diverse lab community and welcome applications from under-represented and racialized minority students. 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)