Department of Biological Sciences
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
Presentation Title: “Plant Biodiversity in the Tree of Life”
Juan M. Lopez-Bautista is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, curator of algae, and College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board Fellow at The University of Alabama. He received his PhD in plant biology from Louisiana State University, an MSc in biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and was a NSF Postdoctoral Research Associate at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Lopez-Bautista was recently elected as the 2013 president of the Phycological Society of America; he is the associate chair for research for the department and advisor for the UA Marine Sciences Undergraduates.
His research focuses on the biodiversity, systematics, and phylogenomics of marine and terrestrial algae. Most recent projects funded by the National Science Foundation are the assembling of the tree of life for green and red algae, where morphology-based classifications are working hypotheses to be tested using next-generation sequencing-based analyses. He teaches courses in biology of algae, plant biology and advanced phycology. He is an avid worldwide explorer and algal collector.