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:
We are mapping the Museum's algal herbarium and developing the spatial and temporal data for a variety of algae conservation purposes.
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.
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.
Catch up with a couple of our latest collecting expeditions.
Find out who is currently involved in algal-related research at the Museum.