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Robert Steneck

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Robert Steneck

Contact Information

Robert Steneck

Phone:
(207) 581-5315

Email/web:
steneck@maine.edu
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Address:
Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Rd 
Walpole, ME  04573

Education

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University 1983

Description

I study the structure and function of coastal marine ecosystems. My laboratories are in the Gulf of Maine and Caribbean. My students and I study organisms import to these ecosystems and the people who depend on them. Specifically, in Maine I've explored kelp forests ecosystems for over 20 years learning about lobsters, sea urchins and fish stocks in this region. I also have worked extensively throughout the Caribbean and tropical Pacific studying coral reef from both biological and geological perspectives.

Research interests

I study ecological processes in the benthic marine realm. My experiments focus on the food webs, structure and dominant organisms of coastal marine communities. My "laboratory" is the Gulf of Maine's subtidal zone in which I use SCUBA diving, under- water video systems, manned submersibles and the University of Maine's remotely operated vehicle as primary research tools. I'm currently studying lobsters, sea urchin and kelp in Maine. I also work on the ecology of coral reefs in the Caribbean. In all cases my focus is on in situ ecology. I think an important way to understand the organisms or the system is to observe them first hand - in their habitat. The work is at the organism level and integrates between small scale (i.e., behavioral phenomena) with large scale (oceanographic) processes. By applying basic ecology to human marine resource and management questions, I am able to conduct studies that are both interesting and enormously useful for people who make their living from the sea. The best way for me to give a flavor of my research activities is to show my current research programs, grants and resultant publications. Many of the studies involved my graduate students who have published their theses. I think it is important to give students the opportunity to learn by doing. Students who work under my direction get involved with all aspects of basic research from proposal writing, deploying experiments, gathering data and writing papers. Graduate Students Name, UM Degree, Year, Subsequent degree,Current occupation Sally Hacker, MS 1990, PhD. Brown, Professor Washington St. Univ. Richard Wahle, PhD 1990,PI Scientist, Bigelow Laboratory Kirt Moody, MS, 1991, PhD VIMS, Professor Mt. Holyoke Paul Bologna, MS 1991, PhD U.S. Alabama, Professor Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Wendy Malpass, MS 1992, Scientist, The Nature Conservancy Tim Miller, MS 1994, Lab Manager, Darling Marine Center Patrick Voorhees, MS 1995, Medical School Alvaro Palma, PhD 1998, Professor,Universidad Católica de la Ssma. Concepción Carl Wilson, MS 1998, Maine's Dept. of Marine Resources Douglas McNaught, PhD 1999, Professor, University of Maine at Machias. Amanda Leland, MS 2002, Environmental Defense, Washington D.C.  John Vavrinec, PhD 2005 Nomandeau Associates, Wa., Eric Annis, PhD 2006 Professor Hood College, Lindsay Harrington, Ph.D 2004 lecturer James Cook Univ. Australia,  Shauna Slingsby, Ms 2005, Scientist NOAA, Elizabeth Stephenson, MS 2007 Maine Coastal Program, State Planning Office, Jeanne Brown, MS 2006 The Nature Conservancy, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands,  Rodolfo Chang MS 2010 Nicaraguan Fisheries Biologist,Suzanne Arnold, MS 2007, PhD 2011

Publications

In Press

  • 2014 Ritson-Williams, R., Arnold, S. N. Paul, V. J., Steneck R. S. 2013. Larval settlement preferences of Acropora palmata and Montastraea faveolata in response to diverse red algae. Coral Reefs. In press
  • 2014 Steneck, R. S., Arnold, S. N., Mumby, P. J. Experiment mimics fishing on parrotfish: insights on coral reef recovery and alternative attractors. Marine Ecology Progress Series. In press
  • 2013 Steneck, R. S., Johnson, C. Kelp forests: dynamic patterns, processes and feedbacks. Pages XX in Bertness, M., Silliman, B., Stachowitz, J. Marine Community Ecology. In press
  • 2013 Wilson, J., Hill, J., Kersula, M., Wilson, C. L., Whitsel, L., Yan, L., Acheson, J., Chen, Y. Cleaver, C., Congdon, C., Hayden, A., Hayes, P., Johnson, T., Morehead, G., Steneck, R., Turner, R., Vadas, R., Wilson, C. J. Costly information and the evolution of self-organization in a small, complex economy. JBEO (Journal of Bio-Economics). In press.

Additional Publications

  • 2014 Travis, J., Coleman, F. C., Auster, P. J., Cury, P.M., Estes, J. A., Orensanz, J., Peterson, C. H., Power, M. E., Steneck, R. S., Wootton, J. T. The invisible fabric of nature: species interactions and fisheries management. Proceedings of the National Academe of Sciences. (doi/10.1073/pnas.1305853111).
  • 2013 Estes, J. A., Steneck, R. S., Lindberg, D. R. Exploring the Consequences of Species Interactions through the Assembly and Disassembly of Food Webs: A Pacific/Atlantic Comparison. Bulletin of Marine Sciences. 89(1), 11-29.
  • 2013 Steneck, R. S., Leland, A., McNaught, D.,Vavrinec, J. Ecosystem flips, locks and feedbacks: The lasting effects of fisheries on Maine’s kelp forest ecosystem. Bulletin of Marine Sciences. 89: 31 – 55 ( doi.org/10.5343/bms.2011.1148)
  • 2013 Mumby, P.J., Bejarano, S. Golbuu, Y. Steneck, R. S. ,Suzanne N. Arnold, Robert van Woesik, Alan Friedlander Empirical relationships among resilience indicators on Micronesian reefs. Coral Reefs. DOI 10.1007/s00338-012-0966-0
  • 2013 Steneck RS Sea urchins as drivers of shallow benthic marine community structure In “Sea Urchins: Biology and Ecology, Third Edition” (J. M. Lawrence, Ed.), Academic Press, San Diego.
  • 2013 Perry CT, Murphy GN, Kench PS, Edinger EN, Smithers SG, Steneck RS, Mumby PJ. Caribbean-wide decline in carbonate production threatens coral reef growth. Nature Communications: DOI: 10.1038/ncomms2409.
  • 2013 Mumby, P, Steneck, R, Hastings, A. Evidence for and against the existence of alternate attractors on coral reefs. Oikos: doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.00262.
  • 2013 Wilson, J., Hill, J., Kersula, M., Wilson, C. L., Whitsel, L., Yan, L., Acheson, J., Chen, Y. Cleaver, C., Congdon, C., Hayden, A., Hayes, P., Johnson, T., Morehead, G., Steneck, R., Turner, R., Vadas, R., Wilson, C. J. Costly information and the evolution of self-organization in a small, complex economy. JBEO (Journal of Bio-Economics)
  • 2013 Steneck, R. S., and Wahle, R. A. American lobster dynamics in a brave new ocean. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 2013, 70(11): 1612-1624
  • 2013 Steneck, R. S., Leland, A., McNaught, D.,Vavrinec, J. Ecosystem flips, locks and feedbacks: The lasting effects of fisheries on Maine’s kelp forest ecosystem. Bulletin of Marine Sciences. 89: 31 – 55 ( doi.org/10.5343/bms.2011.1148) Selected by Faculty 1000 as outstanding. Also highlighted by the journal and awarded ‘open access’.
  • 2012 Mumby, P. J., Steneck, R. S., Edwards, A.J., Coleman, R., Harborne, A. R., Gibson, J. P. Fishing down a Caribbean food web and discovering trophic cascades. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 445: 13 - 24
  • 2012 Witman, J., Dayton, P. Arnold, S. Steneck, R., Marsh, A. Birkeland, C. 2011. The scuba science revolution. Smithsonian Cont. to Mar. Sci. 39: 3 – 12.
  • 2012 Arnold, S. N. and Steneck, R. S. Settling into an increasingly hostile world: The rapidly closing “recruitment window” for corals. PLoS ONE 6(12): e28681. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028681. (Selected by Faculty of 1000 Biology as among “the top 2% of published articles in biology and medicine”).
  • 2012 Nyström M, Norström AV, Bleckner T, de la Torre Castro M, Eklöf JS, Folke C, Steneck RS, Thyresson M, Troell M, Österblom H.. Confronting feedbacks of degraded marine ecosystems. Ecosystems. DOI 10.1007/s10021-012-9530-6
  • 2012 Pikitch, E., Boersma, P.D., Boyd, I.L., Conover, D.O., Cury, P., Essington, T., Heppell, S.S., Houde, E.D., Mangel, M., Pauly, D., Plagányi, É., Sainsbury, K., and Steneck, R.S. 2012. Little Fish, Big Impact: Managing a Crucial Link in Ocean Food Webs. Lenfest Ocean Program. Washington, DC. 108 pp.
  • 2012 Pikitch, Ellen; Rountos, Konstantine; Essington, Timothy; Santora, Christine; Pauly, Daniel; Watson, Reg; Sumaila, Rashid; Boersma, P; Boyd, Ian; Conover, David; Cury, Philippe; Heppell, Selina; Houde, Edward; Mangel, Marc; Plaganyi, Eva; Sanisbury, Keith; Steneck, Robert; Geers, Tess; Gownaris, Natasha; Munch, Stephan, The global contribution of forage fish to marine fisheries and ecosystems. Fish and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1111/faf.12004
  • 2012 Steneck, R. S. Apex predators and trophic cascades in large marine ecosystems: learning from serendipity. Proceeding in the National Academy of Sciences. 109: 7953 – 7954.
  • 2012 Perry, C. T., Edinger, E. N., Kench, P. S., Murphy, G. N., Smithers, S. G., Steneck, R. S. and Mumby P. J.. Estimating rates of biologically driven coral reef framework production and erosion: a new census-based carbonate budget methodology and application to the reefs of Bonaire. Coral Reefs 31: 853 - 868
  • 2011 Hetzinger, S., Halfar, J., Zack, T., Jacob, D., Kunz, B., Gamboa, G., Kronz, A., Adey, W., Lebednik, P., Steneck, R., High-resolution analysis of trace elements from the North Atlantic and North Pacific in encrusting coralline algae by laser ablation ICP-MS. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 302, 81-94. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.06.004, Impact Factor: 2.8
  • 2011 Hetzinger, S. J. Halfar, J. V. Mecking, N. S. Keenlyside, A. Kronz, R. S. Steneck, W. H. Adey, P. A. Lebednik Marine proxy evidence linking decadal North Pacific and Atlantic climate. Climate Dynamics. DOI 10.1007/s00382-011-1229-4.
  • 2011 Halfar, J., Williams, B, Hetzinger, S., Steneck, R.S., Lebednik, P., Winsborough, C., Omar, A., Chan, P., Wanamaker, A., 225 years of Bering Sea climate and ecosystem dynamics archived by coralline algae, Geology. 39: 579-582. Impact Factor: 4.2
  • 2011 Mumby, P. J. and Steneck, R. S. The resilience of coral reefs and its implications for reef management. Chapter 29 Pages 509 -519 in. Dubinsky, Z. and Stambler, N. (eds) Coral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition. Springer Press. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-0114-4_29.
  • 2011 Steneck, R. S., Hughes, T. P., Adger, N., Arnold, S., S. Boudreau, K. Brown, Berkes, F., Cinner, J., Folke, C., Gunderson, L., Olsson, P., Scheffer, M., Stephenson, E. Walker B., Wilson, J. and Worm, B. Creation of a gilded trap by the high economic value of the Maine lobster fishery. Conservation Biology DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01717 (Selected by Faculty of 1000 Biology as among “the top 2% of published articles in biology and medicine”).
  • 2011 Williams, B., Halfar, J., Steneck, R. S., Wortmann, U. G., Hetzinger, S., Adey, W., Lebednik, P., and Joachimski, M.: Twentieth century δ13C variability in surface water dissolved inorganic carbon recorded by coralline algae in the northern North Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, Biogeosciences Discuss., 7, 5801-5828, doi:10.5194/bgd-7-5801-2010
  • Lorenzen, K., Steneck, R. Warner, R. R. Parma, A. M. Colemen, F. C. and Leber, K. M. The spatial dimensions of fisheries: putting it all in place. An introduction to the proceedings of the seventh William R. and Lenore Mote Symposium in Fisheries Ecology. Bulletin of Marine Science. 86(2): 169–177
  • Wells, R.J.D., Steneck, R. S., Palma, A. T. , Three-dimensional resource partitioning between American lobster (Homarus americanus) and rock crab (Cancer irroratus) in a subtidal kelp forest, J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. (2010), doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2010.01.008
  • Mumby, P. J. and Steneck, R. S. The resilience of coral reefs and its implications for reef management. Springer Pages in In press
  • Incze, L., Xue, H., Wolff, N., Xu, D., Wilson, C. and Steneck, R. S. Connectivity of lobster populations in the coastal Gulf of Maine Part II. Coupled biophysical dynamics. Fisheries Oceanography. Fish. Oceanogr. 19:1, 1–20
  • Estes, J. A., Peterson, C. H. and Steneck, R. S. , Direct and Indirect Effects of Apex Predators in Higher Latitude Coastal Oceans. Pages 37 – 53 In: Trophic Cascades: predators, prey, and the changing dynamics of nature. Terborgh, J. and Estes, J. S. (eds). Island Press, Washington, DC.

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  • Foley, M., Halpern, B.S., Micheli, F., Armsby, M.H., Caldwell, M. R., Prahler, E., Silvas, D., Crain, C. M., Rohr, Beck, M. W., Carr, M. H., Crowder, L. B., Duffy, E., Hacker, S., D., McLeod, K., Peterson, C. H., Regan, H. M., Sandifer, P. A., Steneck, R. S., Guiding scientific principles for marine spatial planning. Marine Policy. In press
  • Steneck R. S., and Wilson, J. A. A fisheries play in an ecosystem theater: challenges of managing ecological and social drivers of marine fisheries at nested spatial scales. Bulletin of Marine Science. 86(2): 387–411

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  • 2010 Incze, L., Xue, H., Wolff, N., Xu, D., Wilson, C. and Steneck, R. S. Connectivity of lobster populations in the coastal Gulf of Maine Part II. Coupled biophysical dynamics. Fisheries Oceanography19: 1, 1–20
  • 2010 Steneck R. S., and Wilson, J. A. A fisheries play in an ecosystem theater: challenges of managing ecological and social drivers of marine fisheries at nested spatial scales. Bulletin of Marine Science. 86(2): 387–411
  • 2010 Arnold, S., Mumby, P. Steneck, R. S. Running the gauntlet to coral recruitment through a sequence of local multiscale processes. Marine Ecology Progress Series. DOI 10.3354/meps08724.
  • 2010 Foley, M., Halpern, B.S., Micheli, F., Armsby, M.H., Caldwell, M. R., Prahler, E., Silvas, D., Crain, C. M., Rohr, Beck, M. W., Carr, M. H., Crowder, L. B., Duffy, E., Hacker, S., D., McLeod, K., Peterson, C. H., Regan, H. M., Sandifer, P. A., Steneck, R. S., Guiding scientific principles for marine spatial planning. Marine Policy. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2010.02.001
  • 2010 Gelcich, S., Hughes, T. P., Olsson, P., Folke, C., Defeo, O., Fernandez, M., Foal, S., Gunderson, L. H., Rodriguez-Sickert, C., Scheffer, M., Steneck, R., and Castilla, J. C. Navigating transformations in governance of Chilean marine coastal resources. Proc. Of Nat. Acad. Sciences. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.1012021107
  • 2010 Hughes, T., Graham, N., Jackson, J., Mumby, P., Steneck, R.. Rising to the challenge of sustaining coral reef resilience. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2010.07.011
  • 2010 Lorenzen, K., Steneck, R. Warner, R. R. Parma, A. M. Colemen, F. C. and Leber, K. M. The spatial dimensions of fisheries: putting it all in place. An introduction to the proceedings of the seventh William R. and Lenore Mote Symposium in Fisheries Ecology. Bulletin of Marine Science. 86(2): 169–177
  • 2010 Wells, R.J.D., Steneck, R. S., Palma, A. T. , Three-dimensional resource partitioning between American lobster (Homarus americanus) and rock crab (Cancer irroratus) in a subtidal kelp forest, J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. (2010), doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2010.01.008
  • Ritson-Williams, Arnold S, Fogarty N, Steneck RS, Vermeij MJA, Paul VJ (2009) New perspectives on ecological mechanisms affecting coral recruitment on reefs. Smithson Contrib Mar Sci 38:437-45
  • Steneck, R. S., Paris, C. B., Arnold, S. N., Ablan-Lagman, M. C., Alcala, A. C., Butler, M.J., McCook, L.J., Russ, G. R., Sale, P. F. Thinking and managing outside the box: Enlarging the footprint and coalescing connectivity networks for the resilience of coral reef ecosystems. Coral Reefs. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-009-0470-3

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  • Steneck, R. S. Marine Conservation: Moving beyond Malthus. Current Biology. 19: R117-R119.

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  • Jones, G. P., Russ, G. D., Sale, P. F., Steneck, R. S. Theme section on “Larval connectivity, resilience and the future of coral reefs” Coral Reefs 28:303–305
  • Jones, G. P., Almany, G. R., Russ, G. D., Sale, P. F., Steneck, R. S., van Oppen, MJH, Willis, B. L., Williamson, D. H. Larval retention and connectivity among populations of corals and reef fishes: history, advances and challenges Coral Reefs: DOI: 10.1007/s00338-009-0469-9
  • Hetzinger, S., Halfar, J., Kronz, A., Steneck, R., Adey, W., Lebednik, P., Schone, B. High-resolution MG/Ca ratios in a coralline red alga as a proxy for Bering Sea temperature variations from 1902 – 1967. Paleos. 24:406 - 412
  • Keller, B. D., Gleason, D. F., McLeod, E., Woodley, C. M., Airame, S., Causey, B. D., Friedlander, A. M., Grober-Dunsmore, R., Johnson, J. E., Miller, S. L., Steneck, R. S. Climate change, coral reef ecosystems, and management options for marine protected areas. Environmental Management. DOI 10.1007/s00267-009-9346-0
  • Keller, B. D., Gleason, D. F., McLeod, E., Woodley, C. M., Airame, S., Causey, B. D., Friedlander, A. M., Grober-Dunsmore, R., Johnson, J. E., Miller, S. L., Steneck, R. S. Climate change, coral reef ecosystems, and management options for marine protected areas. Environmental Management. DOI 10.1007/s00267-009-9346-0
  • Wilson, K. Kelley, J., Croitoru, A., Dionne, M., Belknap, D. and Steneck, R. Stratigraphic and Ecophysical Characterizations of Salt Pools: Dynamic Landforms of the Webhannet Salt Marsh, Wells, ME, USA. Estuaries and Coasts. 32:855–870
  • Stephenson, E. H., Steneck, R. S., and Seeley, R. H. Possible temperature limits to range expansion of non-native Asian shore crabs in Maine. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2009.04.020

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  • Bourque, B. J., Johnson, B., and Steneck R. S. Possible prehistoric hunter-gatherer impacts on food web structure in the Gulf of Maine. Pages: 165 – 187 In. Erlandson, J. and Torben, R. (eds) Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Environments. Univ. of California Press.
  • Steneck, R. S. , Bustamante, R. H. Dayton, P. K., Jones, G. P. and Hobday, Al J. Kelp forest ecosystems: current status and future trends. Pages 226-241 in Polunin NVC (ed) Aquatic ecosystems: trends and global prospects. Cambridge University Press
  • Steneck, R. S. , Bustamante, R. H. Dayton, P. K., Jones, G. P. and Hobday, Al J. Kelp forest ecosystems: current status and future trends. Pages 226-241 in Polunin NVC (ed) Aquatic ecosystems: trends and global prospects. Cambridge University Press
  • Halpern, B., S., Walbridg, S., Selkoe, K. A., Kappel, C. V., Micheli, F., D’Agrosa, C. D., Bruno, J. F., Casey, K. S., Ebert, C., Fox, H. E., Fujita, R., Heinemann, D., Lenihan, H. S., Madin, E. M. P., Perry, M., Selig, E R., Spalding, M., Steneck, R. S. , Watons, R. A global map of human impact on marine ecosystems. Science. 319: 948 – 952.
  • Incze, L., Xue, H., Wolff, N., Xu, D, Wilson, C, Steneck R. Wahle, R., Pettigrew, N., Chen, Y. Connectivity of lobster popultions in the coastal Gulf of Maine. Fisheries Oceanography. In press
  • Sale, P.F., M.J. Butler IV, A.J. Hooten, J.P. Kritzer, K.C. Lindeman, Y.J. Sadovy de Mitcheson, R.S. Steneck, and H. van Lavieren, 2008. Stemming Decline of the Coastal Ocean: Rethinking Environmental Management, UNU-INWEH, Hamilton, Canada
  • Mumby, P., J., and Steneck, R. S. Coral reef conservation in the light of rapidly-evolving ecological paradigms. 23: 555 - 563: Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

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  • Steneck, R. S. , Alban, M., Alcala, A., Arnold, S., Butler, M., McCook, L., Paris, C., Russ, G., Sale, P. F. Thinking and managing outside the box: Enlarging the footprint and coalescing connectivity networks for the resilience of coral reef ecosystems. In prep for Coral reefs.
  • Steneck, R. S. , Martone, P. Calcified algae. Pages 21 – 24 In Denny, M. and Gaines, S. Encyclopedia of Tidepools and Rocky Shores. Univ. of California Press.
    2007 Hughes, T. P. Rodrigues, M. J., Bellwood, D. R., Ceccarelli, D., Hoegh-Gulberg, O, McCook, L., Moltschaniwskyj, N. Pratchett, M. S., Steneck, R. S. and Willis, B. Regime-shifts, herbivory and the resilience of coral reefs to climate change. Current Biology. 17: 1 - 6
  • Steneck, R. S. , Gulf of Maine: a case study. Pages 199 – 202 in Hunter, M. L., Jr. and Gibbs, J. Fundamentals of Conservation Biology. 3rd Ed. Blackwell Publishing. 497.
  • Halfar, J. Steneck, R. Schöne, Moore, G. W. K., Joachimski, M., Kronz, A., Fietzke, J., and Estes, J. Coralline alga reveals first marine record of subarctic North Pacific climate change. Geophysical Research Letters. 34: L07702.
  • Annis, E. R., Incze, L. S., Wolff, N. and Steneck, R. Estimates of in situ larval development time for the lobster, Homarus americanus. J. Crustacean Biology 27, ( 3),. 454 – 462.
    2007 Hughes, T. P., Gunderson, L. H., Folke, C., Baird, A., H., Bellwood, D., Berkes, F., Crona, B., Helfgott, A., Leslie, H., Norberg, J., Nystrom, M., Olsson, P., Osterblom, H., Scheffer, M., Schuttenberg, H., Steneck, R. S. , Tengo, M., Troell, M. Walker, B., Wilson, J. and Worm, B. Adaptive management of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon World Heritage Areas. Ambio. 36(7): 586 – 592.
  • Erlandson, J.M., Graham, M. H., Bourque, B. J., Corbett, D., Este, J. A., and Steneck, R. S. The Kelp Highway Hypothesis: Marine Ecology, the Coastal Migration Theory, and the Peopling of the Americas. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. 2:2, 161 - 174
  • Hoegh-Guldberg, O., Mumby, P.J., Hooten, A. J., Steneck, R.S., Greenfield, P., Gomez, E., Harvell, D. R, Sale, P.F., Edwards, A.J., Caldeira, K., Knowlton, N., Eakin, C. M., Iglesias-Prieto, R., Muthiga, N., Bradbury, R.H., Dubi, A., and Hatziolos, M. E., Coral Reefs under Rapid Climate Change and Ocean Acidification. Science. 318: 1737 – 1742.
  • Berkes, F., Hughes, T. P., Steneck, R. S. , Wilson, J. Bellwood, D. R., Crona, B., Folke, C., Leslie, H., Norberg, J., Nystron, M., Olsson, P., Scheffer, M., Worm, B., Globalization, roving bandits and marine resources Science. 311: 1557 – 1558.
  • Pandolfi, J. M., Tudhope, A.W., Burr, G., Chappell, J., Edinger, E., Frey, M. Steneck, R., Sharma, C., Yeats, A., Jennions, M., Lescinsky, H., and Newton, A. Mass mortality following disturbance in Holocene coral reefs from Papua New Guinea. Geology. 34:949 – 952.
  • Butler, M., Steneck, R. S and Herrnkind, W. The ecology of juvenile and adult lobsters. Pages 263 – 309 In. Phillips, R. (ed). Lobsters: the biology, management aquaculture and fisheries. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Oxford UK.
    2006 Steneck, R. S. Possible demographic consequences to intraspecific shelter competition among American lobsters. Journal of Crustacean Biology 26: 628-638
  • Incze, L. S., Wahle, R. A., Wolff, N., Wilson, C., Steneck, R. Annis, E., Lawton, P., Xue, H. and Chen, Y. Early life history and a modeling framework for lobster (Homarus americanus) populations in the Gulf of Maine. Journal of Crustacean Biology 26: 555 – 564.
    2006 Steneck, R. S. Lobsters as model organisms for interfacing behavior, ecology and fisheries: Summary on Cooperative Research. Journal of Crustacean Biology 26: 663 – 665.
  • Steneck, R. S. Is the American lobster, Homarus americanus overfished? A review of overfishing with an ecologically-based perspective. Bulletin of Marine Sciences. 78: 607 –632.
    2006. Steneck, R. S. Staying connected in a turbulent world. Science. 311: 480-481.
  • Steneck, R. S. Are we overfishing the American lobster? Some biological perspectives. Chapter 8. pages 127 – 143. in R. Buchsbaum, W. E. Robinson, J. Pederson (eds). 2005. The Decline of Fisheries Resources in New England: Evaluating the Impact of Overfishing, Contamination, and Habitat Degradation. MIT Sea Grant College Program, Cambridge, MA, no: 04-7
  • Steneck, R. S. An ecological context for the role of large carnivorous animals in conserving biodiversity. pages in Ray, J., Redford, K., Steneck, R. and Berger, J.(eds) Conserving Predation: Large Carnivores and Biodiversity. Island Press. In press.
  • Steneck, R. S. and Sala, E. A. Large marine carnivores: trophic cascades and top-down controls in coastal ecosystems past and present. pages in Ray, J., Redford, K., Steneck, R. and Berger, J.(eds) Conserving Predation: Large Carnivores and Biodiversity. Island Press. In press.
  • Ray, J. C., Redford, K. H., Berger, J., and Steneck, R. S. Large carnivorous animals and biodiversity: does saving one conserve the other? in Ray, J., Redford, K., Steneck, R. and Berger, J.(eds) Conserving Predation: Large Carnivores and Biodiversity. Island Press. In press.
  • Hughes, T. P., Bellwood, D. R., Folke, C., Steneck, R. S. and Wilson, J. E. New paradigms for supporting resilience of marine ecosystems. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 20:380 - 386.
  • Sale, P. F., Cowen, R. K., Danilowicz, B. S., Jones, G. P., Kritzer, J. P. Lindeman, K. C., Planes, S., Polunin, N. V. C., Russ, G. R., Sadovy, Y. J. and Steneck, R. S. Critical science gaps impede use of no-take fishery reserves. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 20: 74-80.
  • Steneck, R. S., Vavrinec, J. and Leland, A. V. Accelerating trophic level dysfunction in kelp forest ecosystems of the western North Atlantic. Ecosystems. 7(4): 323-331
  • Steneck, R. S., and Lang, J. C. Rapid assessment of Mexico's Yucatan Reef in 1997 and 1999: pre- and post- mass bleaching and Hurricane Mitch (stony corals, algae and fish). Pp 294 - 317 in J.C. Lang (ed.), Status of Coral Reefs in the western Atlantic: Results of initial Surveys, Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Assessment (AGRRA) Program. Atoll Research Bull. 496.
  • Steneck, R. S., Kramer, P. A., and Loreto, R. M. The Caribbean's Western-most Algal Ridge in Cozumel, Mexico. Coral Reefs. 22: 27-28
  • Wilson, C. J. and Steneck, R. S. Bathymetric and spatial patterns of settlement in American lobster, Homarus americanus, in the Gulf of Maine: insights into processes controlling abundance. in revision for Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science.
  • Andrew, N.L., Y. Agatsuma, E. Ballesteros, A.G. Bazhin, E.P. Creaser, D.K.A. Barnes, L.W. Botsford, A. Bradbury, A. Campbell, J.D. Dixon, S. Einarsson, P. Gerring, K. Hebert, M. Hunter, S.B. Hur, C.R. Johnson, M.A. Juinio-Meñez, P. Kalvass, R.J. Miller, C.A. Moreno, J.S. Palleiro, D. Rivas, S.M.L. Robinson, S.C. Schroeter, R.S. Steneck, R.I. Vadas, D.A. Woodby and Z. Xiaoqi (2002). Status and Management of World Sea Urchin Fisheries. Oceanography and Marine Biology: an Annual Review. 40: 343 – 425.
  • Steneck, R. S., Graham, M. H. , Bourque, B. J., Corbett, D., Erlandson, J. M, Estes, J. A., and Tegner, M. J. Kelp forest ecosystem: biodiversity, stability, resilience and their future. Environmental Conservation. 29(4): 436-459
  • Adey, W. H. and Steneck, R. S. Thermogeography over time creates biogeographic regions: a temperature/space/time - integrated model and an abundance-weighted test for benthic marine algae. J. Phycol. 37: 677 - 698.
  • Dethier, M. N. and Steneck, R. S. Growth and persistence of diverse intertidal crusts: survival of the slow in a fast-paced world. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 223: 89 - 100.
  • Figueiredo, M.A. de O. and Steneck, R. S. Floristic and ecological studies of crustose coralline algae on Brazil's Abrolhos reefs. Proc. 9th Int. Coral Reef Symp. 1: 493-497
  • Jackson, J. B., Kirby, M. X., Berger, W., H., Bjorndal, K.A., Botsford, L. W., Bourque, B. J., Bradbury, R., Cooke, R., Erlandson, J, Estes, J. A., Hughes, T. P., Kidwell, S., Lange, C. B., Lenihan, H. S. Pandolfi, J. M., Peterson, C. H., Steneck, R. S. Tegner, M. J. Warner, R. Historical overfishing and the recent collapse of coastal ecosystems. Science. 293: 629 - 638.
  • Macintyre, I. G., Glynn, P. W. and Steneck, R. S. Holocene history of Holandes Cays algal ridge, Panama: an algal coated storm deposit. Coral Reefs. 20:95 - 106.
  • Palma, A. and Steneck, R. S. Variable coloration in juvenile marine crabs reduces risk against visual predators Ecology. 82: 2961-2967
  • Steneck, R. S. and Wilson, C. J. Long-term and large scale spatial and temporal patterns in demography and landings of the American lobster, Homarus americanus, in Maine. Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 52: 1302 - 1319.
  • Steneck, R. S. Functional Groups. Pages 121 - 139 in Levin, S. (ed). Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Vol. 1. Academic Press, Inc.
  • Steneck, R. S. and Carlton, J. T. Human alterations of marine communities: Students Beware! pages 445 - 468 in Bertness, M, Gaines, S., and Hay, M. (eds). Marine Community Ecology. Sinauer press.Sunderland, MA.
  • Hughes, T., Szmant, A., Steneck, R. Carpenter, R., Miller, S. Algal blooms on coral reefs: what are the causes? Critique of: "Nutrient Thresholds for Eutrophication and Macroalgal Overgrowth of Coral Reefs in Jamaica and Southeast Florida: by B. E. Lapointe (Limnol. Oceanogr. 42: 119 - 1131). Limnol. and Oceanogr. 44: 1583 - 1586
  • Steneck, R. S. Are we overfishing the American lobster? Some biological perspectives. pages in Buchsbaum, Robinson and Peterson (eds). Decline of fisheries resources in New England: evaluating the impact of overfishing, contamination and habitat degradation. MIT press
  • Dudgeon, S., Steneck, R. S., Davison, I. R. and Vadas. R. L. Coexistence of similar species in a little-disturbed, space-limited intertidal zone. Ecol. Monogr. 69: 331 - 352.
  • Wilbur, A. J., Steneck, R. S. Polychromatic patterns of Littorina obtusata on Ascophyllum nodosum: are snails hiding in intertidal seaweed? Northeastern Naturalist. 6: 189-198.
  • Palma, A. T., Steneck, R. S. and C. Wilson. Settlement-driven, multiscale demographic patterns of large benthic decapods in the Gulf of Maine. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 241: 107-136
  • Reid, R. P., Macintyre, I. G. and Steneck, R. S. A microbialite/algal ridge fringing reef complex, Highborne Cay, Bahamas. Atoll Res. Bull. 465: 1 - 18.
  • Palma, A. T., Wahle, R. A. and Steneck, R. S. Different early post-settlement strategies between American lobsters (Homarus americanus) and rock crabs (Cancer irroratus) in the Gulf of Maine. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 162. 215-225.
  • Steneck, R. S. Human influences on coastal ecosystems: Does overfishing create trophic cascades? Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 13: 429 - 430.
  • Steneck, R. S., Miller, T. Macintyre, I. G., Reid, P. Ecological controls on stromatolite development in a modern reef environment: a test of the "Ecological Refuge Paradigm" Carbonates and Evaporites. 13: 48 - 65.
  • Acheson, J. M. and Steneck, R. S. Examining the bust then boom in the Maine lobster industry: the perspectives of fishermen and biologists. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 17: 826 - 847.
  • Acheson, J. M. and Steneck, R. S. The role of management in the renewal of Maine lobster industry. Social Implications of a Quota System in Fisheries TemaNord 1997: 593: 9 - 26.
  • Macintyre, I. G., Steneck, R. S., Ginsburg, R. N. 1997. Confusion concerning crustose corallines and coral reefs. Reef Encounters 22: 8.
  • Steneck, R. S. Crustose corallines, other algal functional groups, herbivores and sediment: complex interactions along reef productivity gradients. Proc. 8th Int. Coral Reef Symp. 1: 695 - 700.
  • Steneck, R. S., Langton, R. W., Juanes, F., Gotceitas, V. and Lawton, P. The interface between fisheries research and habitat management: Response to comment. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 17: 596-598.
  • Steneck, R. S. Fisheries-induced biological changes to the structure and function of the Gulf of Maine Ecosystem. Plenary Paper. pages 151 - 165 in Wallace, G. T., and Braasch, E. F. (eds). Proceedings of the Gulf of Maine Ecosystem Dynamics Scientific Symposium and Workshop. RARGOM Report, 91 - 1. Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine. Hanover, NH.
  • Steneck, R. S. Crustose corallines, other algal functional groups, herbivores and sediment: complex interactions along reef productivity gradients. Proc. 8th Int. Coral Reef Symp. 1: 695 - 700.
  • Steneck, R. S. Rocky shores revisited. Science 232: 1652 - 1653 (Book review).
  • Keats, D. W., R. S. Steneck, R. A. Townsend, and M. A. Borowitzka. Lithothamnion prolifer Foslie: a common non-geniculate coralline alga (Rhodophyta: Corallinaceae) from the tropical and subtropical Indo-Pacific. Bot. Mar. 39: 187 - 200.
  • Steneck, R. S. Plant-herbivore coevolution: A reappraisal from the marine realm and its fossil record. pages 477 - 491. In (John, D. M, J. H. Price, S. J. Hawkins and G. A. Williams eds) Plant-animal interactions in the marine benthos. Systematics Association Special Volume. 46. Journ. Mar. Biol. Assoc. UK. Oxford University Press.
  • Wahle, R. A. and R. S. Steneck. Habitat restrictions in early benthic life: experiments on habitat selection and in situ predation with the American lobster. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 157: 91 - 114.
  • Braga, J. C., D. Bosence, and R. Steneck. Taxonomic implications of microstructural studies on some Cenozoic coralline algae. Proc. 5th Intern. Symposium on Fossil Algae. Capri, Spain.
  • Macintyre, I. G., K. Rützler, J. N. Norris, K. P. Smith, S. D. Cairns, K. E. Bucher, and R. S. Steneck. An early Holocene reef in the western Atlantic: submersible investigations of a deep relict reef off the west coast of Barbados, W. I. Coral Reefs.. 10: 167 - 174.
  • Steneck, R. S., S. D. Hacker and M. N. Dethier. Mechanism determining competitive dominance between crustose coralline algae: an herbivore-mediated reversal. Ecology: 72 (3): 938-950.
  • Wahle, R. A. and R. S. Steneck. Recruitment habitats and nursery grounds of the American lobster (Homarus americanus Milne Edwards): A demographic bottleneck? Marine Ecology Progress Series. 69: 231 - 243.
  • Hacker, S. D. and R. S. Steneck. Habitat architecture and the abundance and body-size-dependent habitat selection of a phytal amphipod. Ecology : 71: 2269-2285.
  • Steneck, R. S. Herbivory and the evolution of nongeniculate coralline algae (Rhodophyta, Corallinales) in the North Atlantic and North Pacific. in Evolutionary Biogeography of the Marine Algae of the North Atlantic. NATO ASI Series G 22: 107 - 129.
  • Steneck, R. S. Herbivory on coral reefs: a synthesis. Proc. 6th International Coral Reef Symposium, Australia. 1: 37 - 49.
  • Vadas, R. L. and R. S. Steneck. Zonation of deep water benthic algae in the Gulf of Maine. J. Phycol. 24: 338 - 346.
  • Haskell, B. D., J. D. Witman, R. S. Steneck. Complementary use of submersibles and scuba: an example from the Gulf of Maine. Proc. Symp. Amer. Assoc. of Underwater Sciences. Pages 99 - 111. IN M. A. Lang (ed.). Cold Water Diving for Science 1987.
  • Steneck, R. S. The ecology of coralline algal crusts: convergent patterns and adaptive strategies. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. 7: 273 - 303.
  • Steneck, R. S. and R. T. Paine. Ecological and taxonomic studies of shallow-water encrusting Corallinaceae of the boreal northeastern Pacific. Phycologia 25: 221-240.
  • Steneck, R. S. Adaptations of crustose coralline algae to herbivory: Patterns in space and time. Pages 352 - 366. In Toomy, D and M. Nitecki (eds). Paleoalgology. Springer - Verlag. Berlin.
  • Adey, W. H. and R. S. Steneck. Highly productive eastern Caribbean reefs: synergistic effects of biological, chemical, physical and geological factors. In Reaka M. L. (ed.).The Ecology of Deep and Shallow Coral Reefs. Symposia Series for Undersea Research, Vol. 2. Office of Undersea Research, NOAA, Rockville, Maryland.
  • Steneck, R. S. Escalating herbivory and resulting adaptive trends in calcareous algae. Paleobiology. 9: 45-63.
  • Stanley, S. M., B. Van Valkenburgh, and R. S. Steneck. Coevolution and the fossil record. Pages 328 - 349 In Futuyma, D. J. and M. S. Slatkin (eds) Coevolution. Sinauer Press.
  • Steneck, R. S. Quantifying herbivory on coral reefs: just scratching the surface and still biting off more than we can chew. Pages 103-112. In Reaka M. L. (ed.).The Ecology of Deep and Shallow Coral Reefs. Symposia Series for Undersea Research, Vol. 1.
  • Steneck, R. S. A limpet-coralline algal association: adaptations and defenses between a selective herbivore and its prey. Ecology 63: 507-522.
  • Steneck, R. S. and L. Watling. Feeding capabilities and limitations of herbivorous molluscs: a functional group approach. Mar. Biol. 68: 299-319.
  • Steneck, R. S. and W. H. Adey. The role of environment in control of morphology in Lithophyllum compressum, a Caribbean algal ridge builder. Bot. Mar. 19: 197 - 215.
  • Steneck, R. S. Juvenile Echinometra. Pg. 102-103. In Spec. Pub. No. 4., West Indies Lab., D. P. Abbott, J. C. Ogden (eds).

Grants

  • 2013 to 2016 — $574,617.00 — Ocean Acidification: Century Scale Impacts to Ecosystem Structure and Function of Aleutian Kelp Forests from National Science Foundation
  • 2013 to 2014 — $23,000.00 — The Antillean Archipelago: A laboratory for studying coral reef resilience and fisheries from National Geographic

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