My research interests are in the evolution of marine macroalgae. I am especially interested in using molecular methods to understand population structure and speciation in marine red algae. Diversity in morphologically simple algae, especially in such rich areas as New Zealand waters, is also best discovered using molecular methods. The phylogeny of algae at higher levels (species relationships, generic/familial relationships) is also a research interest. Along with molecular techniques I like to incorporate microscopy, life history and physiological studies to increase our knowledge of these under-studied organisms.