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Robert Steneck


Robert Steneck, Ph.D. is professor of marine biology, oceanography and marine policy in University of Maine’s, School of Marine Sciences.  He is a marine ecologist whose laboratories include coral reefs in the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific oceans and kelp forests of the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans.  He has published over 200 scientific papers on topics including lobsters, sea urchins, fish, corals, calcareous algae, historical ecology, global climate change and the science of managing marine resources.  He was one of four scientists who developed the Atlantic and Gulf Reef Rapid Assessment (AGRRA) protocol which is the most widely used method for monitoring Caribbean coral reefs.  


He was distinguished for contribution to science as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of his research “contributions to the ancient and contemporary processes that influence marine communities”.  He was selected as a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation in 1998 and Bates-Morse Mountain Award for Environmental Lifetime Achievement in 2016.  In 2018 he was recognized by The Dominican Coral Reef Network "for his valuable contribution to the national coral reef health monitoring program of the Dominican Republic".


Robert's research has been highlighted in publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, National Public Radio and believe it or not Vogue magazine.  His work also appears in books such as Trevor Corson’s The Secret Life of Lobsters, Colin Woodard’s The Lobster Coast, Carl Safina’s A View from Lazy Point and Christopher White's The Last Lobster: Boom or Bust for Maine's Greatest Fishery?

Saba is proud to offer some of the best diving in the Caribbean. Join Robert on an afternoon dive to assess one of Saba's reefs in mid October. Learn if colorful and beautiful equals healthy and what we can do to better protect our underwater paradise.