Curtis A. Suttle
Biological Oceanography, Marine Microbiology, Environmental Virology
Office: Biodiversity 346   Phone: 604-822-8610 Office2: Biodiversity   Phone2: 604-822-2273  
1505-6270 University Boulevard, Biological Sciences Building
Personal Website: http://www.ocgy.ubc.ca/~suttle



B.Sc., University of British Columbia (1978); Ph.D., University of British Columbia (1987). Formerly: Coastal Marine Scholar, SUNY Stony Brook; Associate Professor, Department of Marine Science, University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

Research in the Suttle laboratory is primarily focussed on viruses and their role in the environment. The work ranges from the characterization of viruses isolated from the environment to quatifiying the role of viruses in microbial mortality and nutrient cycling. The techniques employed range from nucleic-acid sequencing to oceanographic sampling. Some current projects are examining viruses and their roles in the oceans, high Arctic, deep mines, aeolian dust, lakes and migratory-bird ponds. Please check out the lab web page for more information on activities, people and publications.



Projects dealing primarily with algae/algal viruses and cyanobacteria/cyanophage:

Projects dealing primarily with heterotrophic bacteria/bacteriophage:



Research Team

Post-Doctoral Fellows:

Graduate Students:

  • Jérôme Payet (Ph.D. student, Oceanography)
  • Matthias Fischer (Ph.D. student, Microbiology)
  • Caroline Chénard (Ph.D. student, Oceanography)
  • Jessica Labonté (Ph.D. student, Microbiology)
  • Emma Brownlee (M.Sc. student, Oceanography)
  • Julia Gustavson (M.Sc. student, Oceanography)


Undergraduate Students:

  • Christina Charlesworth

Emeritus Graduate Students:

Emeritus Post-Doctoral Fellows:
  • Azeem Ahmad
  • Hudson DeYoe
  • Emma Hambly
  • Janice Lawrence
  • Clemens Pausz
  • Marku Weinbauer
  • Steven Wilhelm

Selected Publications