Kelp Reproduction and Growth Under Future Climate Change Conditions – the Effects of Multiple Stressors

The impact of climate-related and local stressors on foundation species is of particular interest.

Kelps, one such group of species, are critical to ecosystem structure and function across temperate and subpolar coastlines, and are likely to experience significant impacts under future climate scenarios. This project investigates the impact, duration, and intensity of the combined effects of climate-related and local environmental stressors on the reproduction and growth of cultivated Alaskan kelp species.

Principal Investigator / Project Partners:

  • Michael Stekoll, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Project Term:  2022-2024

Funding:  $186,000, Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES)