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Phil Yund

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Phil Yund

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Phil Yund

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The Downeast Institute
P.O. Box 83 
Beals, ME  04611


Ph.D. Yale University 1987

Research interests

I work in the general areas of marine population ecology, evolutionary ecology, and bio-physical interactions.  Particular interests include fertilization ecology and larval transport/population connectivity.



  • Yund, P.O., Collins, C., and S.L. Johnson. 2015. Evidence of a native Northwest Atlantic COI haplotype clade in the cryptogenic colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri. Biol. Bull. 228:201-216.
  • Yund, P.O., Tilburg, C.E., and M.A. McCartney. 2015. Across-shelf distribution of blue mussel larvae in the northern Gulf of Maine: Consequences for population connectivity and a species range boundary. Roy. Soc. Open Sci. 2:150513. DOI 10.1098/rsos.150513

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Additional Publications

  • Yund, P.O., and M.A. McCartney. 2016. Family effects on the growth and survival of congeneric blue mussel larvae (Mytilus edulis and M. trossulus). Mar. Biol. 163(76):1-12. DOI 10.1007/s00227-016-2851-9
  • Morello, S.L., and P.O. Yund. 2016. Response of competent blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) larvae to positive and negative settlement cues. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 480:8-16. DOI 10.1016/j.jembe.2016.03.019
  • Wilkinson, E., Grabowski, J.H., Sherwood, G.D, and P.O. Yund. 2015. Influence of predator identity on the strength of predator avoidance responses in lobster. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 465:107-112. DOI 10.1016/j.jembe.2015.01.002
  • Bloodsworth, K.H., Tilburg, C.E., and P.O. Yund. 2015. Saco River plume influences the small-scale distribution of Brachyuran crab and mytilid mussel larvae within Saco Bay, Maine. Estuaries & Coasts 38:1951-1964. DOI 10.1007/s12237-015-9951-5.
  • Tilburg, C.E., Jordan, L., Carlson, A., Bozeman, M. K., Zeeman, S.I., and P.O. Yund. 2015. The effects of precipitation, river discharge, land use and coastal circulation on water quality in coastal Maine. Roy. Soc. Open Sci. 2:140429. DOI 10.1098/rsos.140429

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  • Wallace, C.C., Yund, P.O., Matassa, K.A., Ford, T.E., and A.L. Bass. 2013. Increase in antibiotic resistance in bacteria cultured from stranded marine animals of the Northwest Atlantic. EcoHealth 10:201-210. DOI 10.1007/s10393-013-0842-6
  • Annis, E.R., R. Russell, C.J. Wilson, and P.O. Yund. 2013. Evidence for thermally mediated settlement in lobster larvae Homarus americanus. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci.70:1641-1649. DOI 10.1139/cjfas-2013-0060.


  • 2010 to 2014 — $465,663.00 — Collaborative Research: Does larval transport or physiological tolerance set the southern range boundary of a northern blue mussel?; from NSF - Bio Oce
  • 2011 to 2014 — $433,938.00 — MRI: Acquisition of a scanning spectral confocal microscope for multidisciplinary research, teaching and outreach; from NSF
  • 2013 to 2017 — $394,730.00 — Collaborative Research: An integrated theoretical and empirical approach to across-shelf mixing and connectivity of mussel populations; from NSF - Bio Oce
  • 2015 to 2019 — $355,917.00 — Collaborative Research: Intertidal community assembly and dynamics: Integrating broad-scale regional variation in environmental forcing and benthic-pelagic coupling from NSF - Bio. Oce.

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