Thew Suskiewicz, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist
Phone: +1 (207) 315-2567, ext. 415
Fax: +1 (207) 315-2329

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PhD, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada

MS, Moss Landing Marine Labs, California

Research Interests

Kelp forests are among the most productive and biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. Globally the health of our kelp communities runs the gamut from being severely stressed to relatively pristine. I am interested in what factors control the primary productivity of kelp and influence their resilience to herbivory and disturbance at regional and global scales.

Currently Maine’s seaweed communities are in a state of flux. The primary herbivore, the green urchin, has been greatly reduced due to fishing. In their absence, kelp and other macro algae have returned to our coasts. However, it is still unclear what effects these recent changes will have on the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the ecosystem services these habitats provide. As part of a Maine Sea Grant project I am studying how the growth and structure of seaweeds influence other benthic critters including lobster, crabs and urchins.