Marine Cusa

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

I currently work as a research assistant with the SEATRACES project on traceability and labeling methods to promote sustainable seafood production. My research focuses on testing and developing genetic methods in the context of seafood traceability. I am particularly interested in portable molecular tools that could allow to quickly identify specimen in the field as ways to prevent the substitution of species. I also have a special interest in using background knowledge in population genetics to test and develop technologies that can help identify where marketed fish products were caught.


2016, University in Tromsø, Norway, MSc degree
2012, University of Toronto, Canada, BSc degree

Academic appointments

Research Assistant, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
PhD candidate, University of Salford, 2018 - present

Journal article

Cusa M, Glew KSJ, Trueman C, Mariani S, Buckley L, Neat F, Longo C. 2021. A future for seafood point-of-origin testing using DNA and stable isotope signatures REVIEWS IN FISH BIOLOGY AND FISHERIES, DOI Author Url

Cusa M, Falcao L, De Jesus J, Biolatti C, Blondeel L, Bracken FSA, Devriese L, Garces-Pastor S, Minoudi S, Gubili C, Acutis PL, Mariani S. 2021. Fish out of water: consumers' unfamiliarity with the appearance of commercial fish species SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE, 16 :1313-1322 DOI Author Url

Naaum AM, Cusa M, Singh M, Bleicher Z, Elliott C, Goodhead IB, Hanner RH, Helyar SJ, Mariani S, Rice JE, Wangh LJ, Sanchez JA. 2021. Validation of FASTFISH-ID: A new commercial platform for rapid fish species authentication via universal closed-tube barcoding Food Research International, 141 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cusa M, Berge J, Varpe O. 2019. Seasonal shifts in feeding patterns: Individual and population realized specialization in a high Arctic fish ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 9 :11112-11121 DOI Author Url

Geoffroy M, Daase M, Cusa M, Darnis G, Graeve M, Hernandez NS, Berge J, Renaues PE, Cottier F, Falk-Petersen S. 2019. Mesopelagic Sound Scattering Layers of the High Arctic: Seasonal Variations in Biomass, Species Assemblage, and Trophic Relationships FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 6 DOI Author Url

Cusa M, Jackson DA, Mesure M. 2015. Window collisions by migratory bird species: urban geographical patterns and habitat associations URBAN ECOSYSTEMS, 18 :1427-1446 DOI Author Url

Berge J, Daase M, Renaud PE, Ambrose WG, Darnis G, Last KS, Leu E, Cohen JH, Johnsen G, Moline MA, Cottier F, Varpe O, Shunatova N, Balazy P, Morata N, Massabuau J-C, Falk-Petersen S, Kosobokova K, Hoppe CJM, Weslawski JM, Kuklinski P, Legezynska J, Nikishina D, Cusa M, Kedra M, Wlodarska-Kowalczuk M, Vogedes D, Camus L, Tran D, Michaud E, Gabrielsen TM, Granovitch A, Gonchar A, Krapp R, Callesen TA. 2015. Unexpected Levels of Biological Activity during the Polar Night Offer New Perspectives on a Warming Arctic CURRENT BIOLOGY, 25 :2555-2561 DOI Author Url

Legault G, Cusa M. 2015. Temperature and delayed snowmelt jointly affect the vegetative and reproductive phenologies of four sub-Arctic plants POLAR BIOLOGY, 38 :1701-1711 DOI Author Url