Diatom research

Our diatom research covers both extinct and extant taxa. It utilises both fossil and preserved material as well as living material in the form of cultured collections.

  • 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.