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Michael J. Wynne

- Professor Emeritus
- Curator Emeritus (Algae)

Academic Background

University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis, A.B.

Fields of study

Phycology, systematics of marine algae, phytogeography


On-going interest in cataloguing the benthic marine algae of the tropical and subtropical Western Atlantic; third revision of the checklist is being compiled; current efforts at describing the algal composition of the Northern Arabian sea (coast of the Sultanate of Oman), the most significant area of upwelling known in the world. Systematic treatment of the red algal family Delesseriaceae.  Contributions to the historical aspects of phycology and phycological exploration.

Select publications

M.J. Wynne & G.W. Saunders. 2012. Taxonomic assessment of North American species of the genera Cumathamion, Delesseria, Membranoptera and Pantoneura (Delesseriaceae, Rhodophyta) using molecular data. Algae 27: 155-173.

M.J. Wynne. 2011. A checklist of benthic marine algae of the tropical and subtropical western Atlantic: third revision. Nova Hedwigia Beiheft 140. 166 pp.
M.J. Wynne. 2011. The benthic marine algae of the tropical and subtropical Western Atlantic: changes in our understanding in the last half century. Algae 26:109-140.
M.J. Wynne & W.J. Woelkerling. 2011. International Phycological Society presidents: the first fifty years. Phycologia 50: 459-470.
M.J. Wynne & C.W. Schneider. 2010. Addendum to the synopticreview of red algal genera. Botanica Marina 53: 291-299.
M.J. Wynne, H. Verbruggen, & D.L. Angel. 2009. The recognitionof Caulerpa integerrima (Zanardini) comb. nov. (Bryopsidales, Chlorophyta) from the Red Sea. Phycologia 48: 291-301.
C.W. Schneider & M.J. Wynne. 2009. Notes on the marine algae of the Bermudas. 10. Woelkerlingia sterreri sp. nov. (Rhodophyta, Ceramiaceae), a first record of the genus in the western Atlantic. Caribbean Journal of Science 44: 303-310.
E. Berecibar, M.J. Wynne, & R. Santos. 2009. First record of Contarinia squamariae (RhizophyllidaceaeRhodophyta) from Portugal: description of morphological and reproductive structures. Botanica Marina 52: 15-23.
M.J. Wynne. 2009. Notes on early collections and the distribution of the red alga Cumathamnion sympodophyllum. Madroño 55: 248-250. 
M.J. Wynne. 2009. Marine algae and early explorations in the upper North Pacific and Bering Sea. Algae 24: 1-29.
E. Berecibar, M.J. Wynne, & R. Santos. 2009. Report of the red alga Gulsonia nodulosa (Ceramiales) from Portugal, its first recorded occurrence outside of the Mediterranean Sea. Nova Hedwigia 88: 23-31.
M. J. Wynne & C. W. Schneider2008. Colaconema basiramosum sp. nov. (Colaconemataceae Rhodophyta) from the Sultanate of Oman, northern Arabia Sea Cryptogamie, Algologie 29: 69-80.
C. W. Schneider & M. J. Wynne. 2007. A synoptic review of the classification of red algal genera a half century after Kylin’s “Die Gattungen der Rhodophyceen”. Botanica Marina 50: 197-249.
M. J. Wynne. 2007. Rhodymenia coccocarpa, a new combination based on Phyllophora coccocarpa Mont. Contributions from the University of Michigan Herbarium 25: 241-247.
M.J. Wynne. 2006. Portraits of marine algae: a historical perspective. The University of Michigan Herbarium, Ann Arbor, Michigan viii + 180 pp. [Link]
M. J. Wynne. 2005. A checklist of benthic marine algae of the tropical and subtropical western Atlantic: second revision. Nova Hedwigia Beiheft 129. 152 pp.