Congratulations to BPS Members and Winter Meeting attendees Pilar Diaz, Heroen Verbruggen, John West and Christine Maggs, who won the Phycological Society of America’s Provasoli award for the best paper in Journal of Phycology last year. The award was presented at the banquet of the 72nd Annual Meeting of the PSA held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Pilar’s work was carried out at Melbourne and in the three other universities, with a funding contribution by an award from BPS for sampling red algae in the Mediterranean:

Díaz-Tapia, P., Maggs, C.A., West, J.A. & Verbruggen, H. (2017). Analysis of chloroplast genomes and a supermatrix inform reclassification of the Rhodomelaceae (Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology, 53: 920–937. doi:

Above is the official PSA award photo taken by Stacy Krueger-Hadfield showing (L-R)
Michael H. Graham, Journal of Phycology Managing Editor
Pilar Diaz (University of A Coruña, Spain)
Alison Sherwood (President, PSA)
Morgan Vis (Chair, PSA Board of Trustees)
Heroen Verbruggen (University of Melbourne)
Christine Maggs (Queen’s University Belfast, Bournemouth University and JNCC).