Macroalgae 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 Museum.

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.
  • Saltdene algae
    UK seaweed biodiversity and conservation

    We are mapping the Museum's algal herbarium and developing the spatial and temporal data for a variety of algae conservation purposes.

  • Porphyra birdiae, a red alga
    Red algal systematics

    Museum researchers are conducting a number of systematic projects on red algae, focusing on the Bangiales and Corallinales. Both are common throughout the North Atlantic and taxonomically highly problematic.

  • Seaweed
    Global Seaweed Network

    The network is developing a programme to enhance and develop the global seaweed community into an internationally recognized and respected scientific body. Find out more about the current strategy of the Global Seaweed Network.

  • Isles of Scilly
    Seaweed fieldwork

    Catch up with a couple of our latest collecting expeditions.

  • Spirogyra, a green alga
    Staff studying algae

    Find out who is currently involved in algal-related research at the Museum.

Algal researchers

Photo of Juliet Brodie
Prof Juliet Brodie

Research Chair, Division of Genomic and Microbial Diversity, Department of Life Sciences.

J Wilbraham
Ms Jo Wilbraham

Senior Curator for algae.