Robert A. Andersen

Robert A. Andersen


  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Senior Research Scientist, University of Washington
  • Emeritus Director, Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (CCMP, now NCMA)
  • BS, Botany, North Dakota State University
  • MA, Aquatic Biology, St. Cloud State College
  • PhD, Botany/Phycology, University of Arkansas


My primary interest is in the systematic biology (nomenclature, phylogeny, taxonomy) of golden algae (heterokont and haptophyte algae).  I am also interested in growing both freshwater and marine species in culture.  I collect algae from bogs, ponds, lakes and streams in the Keweenaw, including the open regions of Lake Superior.

Research Interests

  • Chrysophyte algae
  • Algal Systematics
  • Algal Culturing

Recent Publications

  • Kawai H., Hanyuda T., Draisma S.G.A., Wilce R.T. & Andersen R.A. 2015. Molecular phylogeny of two unusual brown algae, Phaeostrophion irregulare and Platysiphon verticillatus, proposal of the Stschapoviales ord. nov. and Platysiphonaceae fam. nov., and a re-examination of divergence times for brown algal orders. Journal of Phycology 50: (in press).
  • Andersen, R.A., Kim, J.I., Tittley, I. & Yoon, H.S. 2015. Research note: Chrysotila dentata comb. nov., Chrysotila roscoffensis comb. nov. and Chrysocapsa wetherbeei sp. nov. Phycologia 54: 321-322.
  • Andersen, R.A., Bailey, J.C., Decelle, J. & Probert, I. 2015. Phaeocystis rex sp. nov. (Phaeocystales, Prymnesiophyceae): a new solitary species that produces a multilayered scale cell covering. European Journal of Phycology 50: 207-222.
  • Wynne, M.J., Andersen, R.A., Graf, L. & Yoon, H.-S. 2014. Aureoscheda, a new genus of marine Pelagophyceae from the Bahamas, Caribbean Sea. Phycologia 53: 513-522.
  • Andersen, R.A., Kim, J.I., Tittley, I. & Yoon, H.-S. 2014. A re-investigation of Chrysotila (Prymnesiophyceae) using material collected from the type locality. Phycologia 53: 463-473.
  • Brand, J., Andersen, R.A. and Nobles, David. 2013. Maintenance of microalgae in culture collections. pp. 80-89. In: Handbook of Microalgal Culture. Biotechnology and Applied Phycology. 2nd Ed. (Richmond, A. & Hu, Q., Eds). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Jo, Y.B., Shin, W., Kim, H.S., Siver, P.A. and Andersen, R.A. 2013. Phylogeny of the genus Mallomonas (Synurophyceae) and descriptions of five new species on the basis of morphological evidence. Phycologia 52: 266-278.
  • Rybalka N., Wolf M., Andersen R.A. & Friedl T. 2013. Congruence of chloroplast- and nuclear-encoded DNA sequence variations used to assess species boundaries in the soil microalga Heterococcus (Stramenopiles, Xanthophyceae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013,13:39 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-13-39.