Michael Stekoll

Michael Stekoll

Collaborating Faculty

Fisheries Chemistry
Marine Biology
Marine Plants

Natural Sciences Department
University of Alaska Southeast
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801


University of California Los Angeles
Ph.D. Biochemistry

Stanford University
BS Chemistry





Stekoll, M.S. 2019. The seaweed resources of Alaska. Botanica Marinahttps://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2018-0064

Duncan, D.L., M.G. Carls, S.D. Rice, and M.S. Stekoll. 2017. The toxicity of creosote-treated wood to Pacific herring embryos and characterization of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons near creosoted pilings in Juneau, Alaska. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 36(5): 1261–1269. https://doi.org/10.1002/etc.3653

Rothman, M.D., J.J. Bolton, M.S. Stekoll, C.J.T. Boothroyd, F.A. Kemp, and R.J. Anderson. 2017. Geographical variation in morphology of the two dominant kelp species, Ecklonia maxima and Laminaria pallida (Phaeophyceae, Laminariales), on the west coast of Southern Africa. Journal of Applied Phycology 29(5): 2627–2639. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10811-017-1255-7

Conitz, J.M., R. Fagen, and M.S. Stekoll. 2013. Effects of density and substrate type on recruitment and growth of Pyropia torta (Rhodophyta) gametophytes. Botanica Marina 56(5–6): 525–533. https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2013-0067

Okamoto, D.K., M.S. Stekoll, and G.L. Eckert. 2013. Coexistence despite recruitment inhibition of kelps by subtidal algal crusts. Marine Ecology Progress Series 493:103–112. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10505


  • Algal aquaculture
  • Algal ecology
  • Algal physiology
  • Pollution biology


Research Overview

My research has concentrated in both basic and applied aspects of the biology and ecology of marine benthic plants and on the effects of disturbances on this community. My associates and I have investigated the mariculture of kelps and other seaweeds and the effects of harvest and pollution on marine plants. We have also developed techniques for using remote sensing using satellite imagery and drones to map floating kelp beds in Southeast Alaska.


Current Research Projects

  • Applied research on kelp mariculture in Alaska
  • Development of scalable coastal and offshore macroalgal farming in New England and Alaska
  • Morphometrics of Alaria
  • Controlling development of gametophytes and sporelings of Saccharina latissima.



  • Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Alaska Southeast


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