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DEI's Senior Scientist

On 1 March 2012, DEI welcomed Dr. Phil Yund as its first Senior Scientist.

DEI's Board of Directors is excited about Dr. Yund's research in marine ecology and fisheries ecology as his work will enable our organization to strengthen its ties with the scientific community as well as fishing communities in the Gulf of Maine. 


Dr. Yund studies the evolutionary ecology of sessile and sedentary marine invertebrates as well as fertilization ecology, ecology of marine mammals, fish, and invertebrate pathogens. 

Currently, he is conducting research in a variety of areas:

  • the hydrodynamics and fertilization in green sea urchins, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis;
  • evolution of gamete compatibility, and processes determining range boundaries in blue mussels, Mytilus edulis;
  • dynamics of the discharge plume from the Saco River; and,
  • host affinity of Giardia and Cryptosporidium  genotypes.

Academic Experience:

Presently, Senior Scientist, Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research & Education

2008 - 2012, Director, Center for Land-Sea Interactions, University of New England.
2004 - 2012, Director, Marine Science Center, University of New England.
2001 - 2003, Assoc. Program Director, National Science Foundation (Bio. Oce.)
1997 - 2004, Research Associate Professor, University of Maine
1995 - 1997, Associate Professor (with tenure), University of New Orleans
1990 - 1995, Assistant Professor, University of New Orleans
1988 - 1990, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Brown University
1987 - 1988, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University
1985 - 1986, Short-term Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.


Ph.D., Biology, Yale University

M.Phil., Biology, M.Phil.

Sc.B., Aquatic Biology, Brown University

Post-doctoral training:

Biology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Recently Funded Grants:

2010 NSF (Bio. Oce.) “Collaborative Research: Does larval transport or physiological tolerance set the southern range boundary of a northern blue mussel?”, $431,709 for 3 years; with C. Tilburg.  Companion award of $223,257 to M. McCartney (UNC-Wilmington).

2009 Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, “Pathogen transfer between terrestrial and marine hosts”, $50,000 for one year.

Selected Publications:

Annis, E.R., Wilson, C.J., Russell, R., Yund, P.O. (2013) Evidence for thermally mediated settlement in lobster larvae (Homarus americanus). Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 70: 1641–1649.

Grabowski, J.H., Clesceri, E.J., Baukus, A., Gaudette, J., Weber, M., and P.O.Yund (2010) Use of herring bait to farm lobsters in the Gulf of Maine. PLoS ONE 5(4):e10188.

Johnson SL, Yund PO (2008) Multiple paternity and subsequent fusion/rejection interactions in a kin-structured population. Marine Ecology Progress Series 364: 129-134

Johnson SL, Yund PO (2009) Effect of fertilization distance on male gain curves in a free-spawning marine invertebrate: A combined empirical and theoretical approach. Evolution 63:3114-3123. DOI 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00784.x

Kregting, L.T., Bass, A.L., Guadayol, O., Yund, P.O., Thomas, F.I.M. (2013) Effects of oscillatory flow on fertilization in the green sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis. PLoS ONE 8(9): e76082.

Rawson PD, Yund PO, Lindsay SM (2007) Comment on "Divergent induced responses to an invasive predator in marine mussel populations". Science 316: 53

Smith MD, Grabowski, JH, Yund, PO (2008) The role of closed areas in rebuilding monkfish populations in the Gulf of Maine.  ICES Journal of Marine Science 65: 1326-1333.

Slaughter C, McCartney, MA, Yund PO (2007) A comparison of gamete compatibility between blue mussel species in sympatry and in allopatry. Biological Bulletin 214: 57-66

Thomas, F.I.M., Kregting, L.T., Badgley, B.D., Donahue, M.J., Yund, P.O. (2013) Fertilization in a sea urchin is not only a water column process: effects of water flow on fertilization near a spawing female. Marine Ecology Progress Series 494: 231-240.

Wallace, C.C., Yund, P.O., Ford, T.E., Matassa, K.A., Bass, A.L. (2013) Increase in antimicrobial resistance in bacteria isolated from stranded marine mammals of the Northwest Atlantic. EcoHealth 10: 201-210.



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