Algal research

Museum staff are actively engaged in a variety of research relating to algae, making use of the collections and wealth of expertise housed within the Botany Department.

The research programme is based around the hypothesis that modern distributions of seaweeds in the North Atlantic reflect their origins and patterns of dispersal.

The programme has two strands:

  1. A detailed study of two of the largest orders of red algae, the Bangiales and the Corallinales.
  2. Mapping and recording seaweed biodiversity in the North Atlantic and especially around UK coasts.
  • Seaweeds on the shore at Vattarnes, Iceland
    Algal research

    The Botany Department’s algal-related research programme includes projects to map and record seaweed biodiversity in the North Atlantic and detailed studies of red algae.

  • Tetracyclus clypeus, an extinct freshwater Miocene fossil from the USA
    Diatom research

    Our diatom research covers both extinct and existing taxa. Among the projects are a number that focus on diatom biodiversity while others address formation of the unique cell wall.