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