The Museum's algal researchers are 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:
We are using a combination of molecular, morphological and culture techniques for this work.
Current projects include:
The Bangiales have a long evolutionary history and a worldwide distribution. Museum staff are collaborating internationally to construct a global phylogeny.
Museum staff are part of a scientific network that will develop work on the Porphyra genus once its genome has been decoded.
Coralline algae are a key architectural component of the marine environment and yet are usually overlooked. We are focusing on the taxonomy of North Atlantic geniculate coralline algae.