Prof Juliet Brodie

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  • Research Chair
  • Life Sciences department
  • Genomics and Microbial Biodiversity Division
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road



PhD       Marine Botany, National University of Ireland, Galway, 1989
               Thesis: Life histories, morphology and photoperiodic responses of Japanese
               Chondrus (Rhodophyta). Supervisor: Professor Michael D. Guiry, University
               College, Galway
MSc       Marine Botany, National University of Ireland, Galway, 1985
               Thesis title: Growth, life history and reproduction of Botryocladia boergesenii
               (Rhodophyta) in culture. Supervisor: Professor Michael D. Guiry, University
               College, Galway

PGCE     Biology with Chemistry, Homerton College, Cambridge, 1979

BSc        Botany & Zoology Joint Honours, University of Bristol, 1977

Employment history

2003 - current     Research Phycologist, Natural History Museum, London; 2009 - 2012 
                                Research Chair, Department of Botany

1990 - 2003          Bath Spa University; 2001 - 2003 Head of Department, Environmental
                                Biology; 1994 - 2003 Reader; 1991 - 1994 Senior Lecturer

1989 - 1990          Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution (Marine Station at Link
                                Port, Florida), U.S.A.

1979 - 1984         Tutor of Ecology, Field Studies Council; 1980 - 1984:  Dale Fort Field
                                Centre, Pembrokeshire; 1979 - 1980: Epping Forest Conservation

1978                       Museum Assistant, Science Museum, London

1977                       Assistant Scientific Officer, Nature Conservancy Council

Professional roles

Editorial boards

2013                      European Journal of Phycology: associate editor, macroalgal systematics

2013                      Journal of Phycology: Editorial Board

2012                      Phytokeys: editor for Rhodophyta

2005 - 2011          Phycologia:  associate editor

2004                      Proceedings of the 18th International Seaweed
                               Symposium: Guest editor.

2000 -  2007         Nova Hedwigia: editor for marine macroalgae.


Advisory work

2010 - 2010         Marine Protected Areas Scientific Advisory Panel (Defra)


Advisory work 

2012 - 2013          Project Steering Group: In depth review of evidence supporting the 
                                recommended Marine Conservation Zones (Defra)

2012 - 2013          Independent Scientific Advisory Panel (ISAP): Falmouth Bay 
                                Maerl Translocation Trial

2010 - 2012          Marine Protected Areas Scientific Advisory Panel (Defra)


Membership of professional Societies

British Phycological Society                    President 2009 - 2010

International Phycological Society         Executive Council 2002 - 2004, 2008 - 2010

Linnean Society                                         Fellow of the Linnean Society

Marine Conservation Society

Phycological Society of America

Systematics Association                        President 2010 - 2012


Awards and prizes

2012          Phycological Society of America, Luigi Provasoli award in recognition of authoring 
                   the outstanding paper published in the Journal of Phycology during 2011.

2008          Adjunct professorship, National University of Ireland, Galway.

2007          Plantlife Award for Outstanding Contribution to Plant Conservation.  

Public Outreach


My research experience is in marine algae, specializing in red algal taxonomy, life histories, evolution, ecology and conservation. 

Current projects

i) seaweed distributions in the North Atlantic in relation to origins and patterns of dispersal

ii) conservation of seaweeds

iii) ocean acidification and coralline algae

iv) macroalgal microbiomes of marine algae


Brodie, J., Walker, R., Williamson, C. & Irvine, L.M.  (2013) Epitypification and redescription of Corallina officinalis L., the type of the genus, and C. elongata Ellis & Solander (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) Cryptogamie, Algologie 34(1): 49-56.

Vergés, A., Sánchez, N., Peteiro, C., Polo, L. and Brodie, J.  (2013).  Pyropia suborbiculata (Bangiales, Rhodophtya): first records from the northeastern Atlantic and Mediterranean of this North Pacific species.  Phycologia 52: 121-129.

Rinkel, B.E., Hayes, P.H. and Brodie, J.  (2012). A molecular phylogeny of Acrochaete and other endophytic green algae (Ulvales, Chlorophyta).  Journal of Phycology 48: 1020-1027.

Mortensen, A. M., Neefus, C.D., Nielsen, R., Gunnarsson, K., Egilsdóttir, S., Pedersen, P.M. and Brodie, J.  (2012).  Porphyra (Bangiales, Rhodophyta) diversity in Iceland and the Faroes: new insights into the northern North Atlantic. European Journal of Phycology: 47: 146-159.

Thüs, H., Muggia L., Pérez-Ortega, S., Favero-Longo, S., Joneson, S., O’Brien, H., Nelsen, M.P., Duque-Thüs, R., Grube, M., Lutzoni, F., Friedl, T., Brodie, J., Gueidan, C.  (2011). Photobionts from the lichen family Verrucariaceae (Ascomycota).  European Journal of Phycology 46: 399-415.

Sutherland, J.E., Lindstrom, S., Nelson, W., Brodie, J., Lynch, M., Hwang, M.S., Choi, H.-G., Miyata, M., Kikuchi, N., Oliveira, M., Farr, T., Neefus, C., Mortensen, A., Milstein, D. & Müller, K.  (2011).  A new look at an ancient order: generic revision of the Bangiales.  Journal of Phycology 47: 1131-1151.

Fontaneto, D. and Brodie, J.A.  (2011). Introduction. In: Biogeography of micro-organisms.

Is everything small everywhere?  (Ed. D. Fontaneto.)  CUP (3-10).

Blouin, N., Brodie, J., Grossman, A., Xu, P. Brawley, S.H. (2011). The organism and the crop.  Trends in Plant Sciences 16: 29-37.

Williams, D.M. and Brodie, J. (2010) (170) Proposal to eliminate the Latin requirement for the valid publication of names of non-fossil algae.  Taxon 59: 1296.

Gantt, E., Berg, G.M., Bhattacharya, D., Blouin, N.A., Brodie, J.A., Chan, C.X., Collén, J., Cunningham Jr, F.X.,  Gross, J., Grossman, A.R., Karpowicz, S., Kitade, Y., Klein, A.S., Levine, I.A., Lin, S., Lu, S., Lynch, M., Minocha, S.C., Müller, K., Neefus, C.D., De Oliveira, M.C., Rymarquis, L.  Smith, A., Stiller, J.W., Wu, W.-K., Yarish, C., Zhuang, Y.Y. Brawley, S.H. (2010). Porphyra: progression toward the multicellular state P. umbilicalis an intertidal red alga for genomic analysis. In: J. Seckbach and D.J. Chapman (eds.), Red Algae in the Genomic Age, Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology 13, DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-3795-4_7, c Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Peters A.F., Mann A., Córdova Castañeda C., Brodie J., Correa J.A., Schroeder D.C. & Cock M.J. (2010). Genetic diversity of Ectocarpus (Ectocarpales, Phaeophyceae) in Peru and northern Chile, the area of origin of the genome-sequenced strain.  New Phytologist (in press).

Brodie J., Andersen R., Kawachi M. & Millar A., (2009).  Endangered algae and approaches to their conservation.  Phycologia: 48: 423-438.

Neefus C. D. & Brodie J. (2009). Lectotypification of Porphyra elongata Kylin (Bangiales, Rhodophyta) and proposed synonymy of Porphyra rosengurttii Coll et Cox. Cryptogamie, Algologie 30: 187-192.

Walker R.H. Brodie J. Russell S. & Irvine L.M. (2009). The taxonomy and biodiversity of geniculate coralline algae in the northeastern Atlantic: Corallina caespitosa sp. nov. (Corallinoideae, Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 45: 287-297.

Brodie J., Irvine L.M., Neefus C.D. & Russell S. (2008). Ulva umbilicalis L. and Porphyra umbilicalis Kütz. (Rhodophyta, Bangiaceae): a molecular and morphological redescription of the species, with a typification update.  Taxon 57: 1328-1331.

Brodie J., Mols Mortensen A.M., Ramirez M.E., Russell S. & Rinkel B. (2008). Making the links: towards a global taxonomy for the red algal genus Porphyra (Bangiales, Rhodophyta).  Journal of Applied Phycology 20: 939-949.

Edgar G.J., Langhammer P.F., Allen G., Brooks T.M., Brodie J., Crosse W., De Silva N., Fishpool L., Foster M.N., Knox D.H., Miller A. & Mugo R. (2008). Key Biodiversity Areas as globally significant targets for marine conservation.  Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 18: 969-983.

Brodie J., Bartsch I., Neefus C., Orfinidis S., Bray T. & Mathieson A.  (2007). New insights into the cryptic diversity of the North Atlantic-Mediterranean ‘Porphyra leucosticta’ complex: P. olivii sp. nov. and P. rosengurttii (Bangiales, Rhodophyta).  European Journal of Phycology 42: 3-28.

Brodie J. & Bunker F. (2007).  Acrosiphonia, Spongomorpha & Derbesia.  In: Green seaweeds of Britain and Ireland (Eds   J. Brodie, C. A. Maggs & D.M. John. Dataplus Print & Design, Northern Ireland.  pp 45-50; 201-206.

Brodie J., John D, Tittley I., Holmes M.J, & Williamson D.  (2007). Important Plant Areas for algae: a provisional review of sites and areas of importance for algae in the United Kingdom. Plantlife International, Salisbury, UK.

Brodie J. & Lewis J. (Editors) (2007). Unravelling the algae: the past, present and future of algal systematics. Systematics Association Series, CRC Press, Florida.  364 pages.

Brodie J. & Lewis J. (2007).  Introduction.  In: Unravelling the algae: the past, present and future of algal systematics (Eds J. Brodie & J. Lewis) Systematics Association Series, CRC Press, Florida.  pp 1-6.

Brodie J., Maggs C.A. & John D.M. (Editors) (2007). Green seaweeds of Britain and Ireland.  Dataplus Print & Design, Northern Ireland.  

Brodie J. & Zuccarello G.C. (2007). Systematics of the species-rich algae: red algal classification, phylogeny and speciation.  In: The taxonomy and systematics of large and species-rich taxa: building and using the Tree of Life.  Eds. Hodkinson TR, Parnell J and Waldren S, Systematics Association Series, CRC Press. 317-330.

Nielsen R., Rinkel B. & Brodie J. (2007).  Acrochaete. In: Green seaweeds of Britain and Ireland (Eds   J. Brodie, C. A. Maggs & D.M. John. Dataplus Print & Design, Northern Ireland.  pp 108-119.

Anderson R.J., Brodie J.A., Onsøyen E. & Critchley A.T. (Editors) (2006) Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium.  Springer, The Netherlands.  471 pages.

Robba L., Russell S.J., Barker G.L. & Brodie J. (2006). Assessing the use of the mitochondrial cox1 marker for use in DNA barcoding of red algae (Rhodophyta).  American Journal of Botany 93: 1101-1108.

Holmes M.J. & Brodie J.  (2005). Phenology and the life history in culture of Porphyra leucosticta (Bangiales, Rhodophyta) from Britain.  Botanica Marina 48: 218-230.

Holmes M.J. & Brodie J.  (2004).  Morphology, phenology and life history of Porphyra dioica (Bangiales, Rhodophyta) in the field and in laboratory culture. Phycologia 43: 176-188.

Bown P., Plumb J., Sánchez-Barcaldo P., Hayes P.K., & Brodie J.  (2003) Sequence heterogeneity of the green (Chlorophyta) endophytic algae associated with a population of Chondrus crispus Stackhouse (Gigartinaceae, Rhodophyta). European Journal of Phycology 38: 153-163.

Brodie J.A. & Irvine L.M.  (2003). Seaweeds of the British Isles Volume 1 Part 3B Bangiophycidae.  Intercept, Hampshire.  167 pages.

Karsten U., West J.A., Zuccarello G.C., Engbrodt R., Yokoyama A., Hara Y, Brodie J.  (2003). Low Molecular Weight Carbohydrates of the Bangiophycidae (Rhodophyta).  Part II. Journal of Phycology 39: 584-589.

Klein A.S., Mathieson A.C., Neefus C.D., Cain D.F., Taylor H.A., Teasdale B. W., West A.L., Hehre, E.J., Brodie J., & Wallace A. (2003).  Identification of north-western Atlantic Porphyra (Bangiaceae, Bangiales) based on sequence variation in nuclear SSU and plastid rbcL genes. Phycologia 42: 109-123.

Brodie J., Nielsen R. & Gunnarson K. (2001).  The bangiophyte flora of the Faroe Islands. Fróðskaparrit (Annales Societatis Scientarum Færensis) 49: 25-36.

Nelson W. A., Brodie J. & Guiry M.D. (1999). Terminology used to describe reproduction and life history stages in the genus Porphyra (Bangiales, Rhodophyta). Journal of Applied Phycology 11: 407-410.

Brodie J., Hayes P.K., Barker G.L., Irvine L.M. & Bartsch I.  (1998). A reappraisal of Porphyra and Bangia (Bangiophycidae, Rhodophyta) in the northeast Atlantic based on the rbcL-rbcS intergenic spacer.  Journal of Phycology 34: 1069-1074.

Brodie J. & Irvine L.M.  (1997). A comparison of Porphyra dioica sp. nov. and Porphyra purpurea (Roth) C. Ag. in Europe. Cryptogamie, Algologie 18: 283-297.

Brodie J., Masuda M.D., Mine I. & Guiry M.D.  (1997). A comparative study of Chondrus pinnulatus f. pinnulatus and Chondrus pinnulatus f. armatus (Gigartinaceae, Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 33: 682-698.

Irvine L.M. & Brodie J.  (1997). Proposal to conserve the name Ulva purpurea, which provides the type of Porphyra, nom. cons. (Rhodophyta, Bangiaceae).Taxon 46: 769-770.

Brodie J., Hayes P.K., Barker G.L. & Irvine L.M. (1996).  Molecular and morphological characters distinguishing two Porphyra species (Rhodophyta: Bangiophycidae).  European Journal of Phycology 31: 303-308.

Brodie J. & Norris J.N. (1996).  Life histories and morphology of some Liagora species (Liagoraceae, Rhodophyta) from the Florida Keys, U.S.A.  Nova Hedwigia 112: 119-132.

Brodie J., Guiry M.D. & Masuda M. (1994).  Life history, photoperiodic responses and hybridisation studies of Chondrus giganteus f. flabellatus (Gigartinaceae, Rhodophyta) from Japan. European Journal of Phycology 29: 159-164.

Brodie J., Guiry M.D. & Masuda M. (1993).  Life history morphology and crossability of Chondrus ocellatus forma ocellatus and C. ocellatus forma crispoides (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta) from the north-western Pacific. European Journal of Phycology 28: 183-196.

Brodie J. & Norris J.N. (1992). Life history and morphology of Liagora aff. ceranoides (Liagoraceae, Rhodophyta) from the Florida Keys. Phycologia 31: 419-430.

Fredericq S., Brodie J. & Hommersand M.H. (1992).  Developmental morphology of Chondrus crispus (Gigartinaceae, Rhodophyta). Phycologia. 31: 542-563.  

Brodie J. (1991).  Some observations on the flora of Clare Island, western Ireland. Irish Naturalists Journal 23: 376-377.

Brodie J., Guiry M.D. & Masuda M. (1991).  Life history and morphology of Chondrus nipponicus (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta) from Japan.  British Phycological Journal 26: 33-50.  

Brodie J. & Sheehy Skeffington M. (1990).  Inishbofin - a reassessment of the flora. Irish Naturalists Journal 23: 293-298.

Brodie J. & Guiry M.D. (1988).  Life history and reproduction of Cordylecladia erecta (Rhodymeniaceae, Rhodophyta). British Phycological Journal 23: 347-364.

Brodie J. & Guiry M.D. (1988).  Life history and reproduction of Botryocladia ardreana sp. nov. (Rhodophyta, Rhodymeniales) from Portugal.  Phycologia 27:109-130.

Brodie J. (1985). Grassland studies. Allen & Unwin, London. 100 pages.