Algae might not feature in many natural history documentaries but they play an essential role in maintaining life on earth as well as forming a large part of the world’s biodiversity. The links below take you to some videos where British Phycological Society members and algal video bursary award winners explain why they find algae so fascinating.
Algal video bursary award recipients
Join our recipients of the British Phycological Society’s Algal Video Bursary award as they communicate the wonderful world of algae.
This video is all about pigments and the amazing colours that we can extract from microalgae!
This movie explores 3 questions: What are the opportunities for budding phycologists? What are the examples of phycology careers, especially for women? And finally, what inspires us to work with algae?
Other videos about the fascinating world of algae
Window into the world of seaweeds
Natural History Museum seaweed specialist Juliet Brodie describes the mysterious world of kelp forests.
Magical (Muddy) Moments
Graham Underwood, from the University of Essex, explains his fascination with the microscopic algae that live in intertidal mud
How will ocean acidification affect “nuisance” seaweed species? Jason Hall-Spencer and Rohan Allan from the University of Plymouth talk about how global warming may change the distribution of seaweeds.
Plastics in our ecosystems Claire Passarelli and Graham Underwood from the University of Essex talks about the unexpected ways that tiny plastic particles can affect aquatic ecosystems.
“The Structure and Function of Kelp Forests in a Rapidly Changing World” by Dr Dan Smale & Prof. Pippa Moore.
In this short interview with Martyn Kelly, Emanuela Samartiani explains where her fascination with microscopic life comes from, and why she decided to become an author.
PROFESSOR JASON HALL SPENCER is a world leader in scientific research on maerl – a precious pink seaweed which is a keystone species on the west coast of Scotland – and beyond.