Offsite Team Member (Biology)
Robert Anderson, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
University of Washington

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences
Senior Research Scientist, University of Washington
Emeritus Director, Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (CCMP, now NCMA)

Editor-in-Chief, Phycologia
Senior Research Scientist, Friday Harbor Laboratories, Univ. Washington
Phone: 001-906-370-1886

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

Recent Publications
Andersen, R.A. 2013. The microalgal cell. In: Handbook of Microalgal Culture. Biotechnology and Applied Phycology. 2nd Ed. (Richmond, A. & Hu, Q., Eds). Wiley-Blackwell (in press).

Stern, R.F., Andersen, R.A., Jameson, I. et al. 2012. Evaluating The Ribosomal Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS) as a candidate dinoflagellate barcode marker. PLos ONE. Read More

Bhattacharya, D., Price, D.C., Yoon, H.S., Yang, E.C., Andersen, R.A., and Das, S.P. 2012. Single cell genome analysis supports a link between phagotrophy and primary plastid endosymbiosis. Scientific Reports 2: 356. doi: 10.1038/srep00356

Toney, J. L., Theroux, S., Andersen, R.A., Coleman, A., Amaral-Zettler, L, and Huang, Y. 2012. Culturing of the first 37:4 predominant lacustrine haptophyte: geochemical, biochemical, and genetic implications. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 78: 51-64.

Yang, E.C., Boo, G.H., Kim, H.J., Cho, S.M., Boo, S.M., Andersen, R.A., and Yoon, H.S. 2012. Supermatrix data highlight the phylogenetic relationships of photosynthetic stramenopiles. Protist 163: 217-231.

Andersen, R. A. 2011. Ochromonas moestrupii sp. nov. (Chrysophyceae), a new golden flagellate from Australia. Phycologia 50: 600-607.

Li, W.K.W., Andersen, R.A., Gifford, D.J., Incze, S., Martin, J.L., Pilskaln, C.H., Rooney-Varga, J.N., Sieracki, M.E., Wilson, W.H., and Wolff, N.H. 2011. Planktonic microbes in the Gulf of Maine area. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20981. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020981

Boo, S.M., Kim, H.S., Shin, W., Boo, G.H., Cho, S.M., Jo, B.Y., Kim, J.-H., Kim, J.H., Yang, E.C., Siver, P.A., Wolfe, A.P. Bhattacharya, D., Andersen, R.A. and Yoon, H.S. 2010. Complex phylogeographic patterns in the freshwater alga Synura provide new insights on ubiquity versus endemism in microbial eukaryotes. Molecular Ecology 19: 4328-4338.

Stern, R., Horak, A., Andrew, R., Andersen, R.A., Küpper, F., Coffroth, M.-A., Jameson, I., Hoppenrath, M., Vérnon, B., Kasai, F., Brand, J. and Keeling, P. 2010. Environmental barcoding reveals massive dinoflagellates diversity in marine environments. PLoS ONE 5(11): e13991. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013991

Andersen, R.A. 2010. Chapter 11. Chrysophyta. pp. 249-270. In: Algae: Source to Treatment. AWWA Manual M57, American Water Works Association, Denver 439 pp.

Reyes-Prieto, A., Yoon, H.S., Moustafa, A., Yang, E.C., Andersen, R.A., Boo, S.M., Nakayama, T., Ishida, K., and Bhattacharya, D. 2010. Differential gene retention in plastids of common recent origin. Mol. Biol. Evol., 27(4): 1-8.

Giner, J.L., Zhao, H., Boyer, G.L., Satchwell, M.F. and Andersen, R.A. 2009. Sterol Chemostaxonomy of marine pelagophyte algae. Chemistry and Biodiversity 6: 1111-1130.

Brodie, J., Andersen, R.A., Kawachi, M. and Millar, A.J.K. 2009. Endangered algal species and how to protect them. Phycologia 48: 423-438.

Yoon, H.S., Nakayama, T., Reyes-Prieto, A., Andersen, R.A., Boo, S.M., Ishida, K-I, and Bhattacharya, D. 2009. A single origin of the photosynthetic organelle in different Paulinella lineages. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9 (1): record 98 (online journal).

Rampen, S., Schouten, S., Abbas, B., Panoto, E., Brink, M., Andersen, R., Muyzer, G. 2009. Phylogenetic position of Attheya longicornis and Attheya septentrionalis (Bacillariophyta). Journal of Phycology 45:444-453.