|Ira (Ike) Levine
- Associate Professor
- Department of Natural and Applied Science
- University of Southern Maine
- United States
Dr. Levine combines 23 years of applied and basic research in the molecular, physiological ecology and cultivation of algae. Presently Dr. Levine is a tenured Associate Professor of Natural and Applied Science at the University of Southern Maine. Previous academic appointments include assistant professor, Biology Department Chaminade University, Hawaii; assistant researcher, Chemistry Department University of Hawaii, Manoa; visiting scholar, Biology Department Duke University, North Carolina; adjunct professor, Biology Department Unity College, Maine. Dr. Levine has served as the CEO of Coastal Plantations International, Inc. an algal farming, processing, and marketing company; CEO of PhycoGen, Inc. a marine biotechnology company; and V.P. of Biological Services, Inc. a bioscience laboratory and consulting services company.
Dr. Levine received his masters at the University of South Florida’s School of Marine Science under one of our country’s last great naturalists, Dr. Harold J. Humm and his doctorate from the University of Hawaii, Manoa studying with the father of commercial algal farming, Dr. Maxwell Doty. Dr. Levine’s farming experience include open ocean and pond cultivation in Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, and USA (Hawaii, Florida, and Maine).
Dr. Levine is married to Laurie (Director of the United Valley of Maine Chapter of the American Red Cross) for 26 years, with a son and daughter both attending Middlebury College, VT. Interests include Rugby, gardening, and Thai cooking.