Red algal systematics

Taxonomy, systematics and genomics of red algae

The Botany Department is leading and involved in a number of systematic projects on red algae with particular emphasis on large and poorly known groups.

One such group is the Bangiales. Ecologically and economically important, it includes:

  • Porphyra
  • the Corallinales - calcified algae that is currently the focus of attention in relation to ocean acidification

We are using a combination of molecular, morphological and culture techniques for this work.

Current projects include:

  • Global phylogeny of the Bangiales
  • Porphyra genome project
  • Taxonomy of the coralline algae
  • 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.