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Juan M. López-Bautista

Juan López-Bautista is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, a curator of algae, and a College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board Faculty Fellow at The University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in plant biology from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He was recently elected as the 2013 president of the Phycological Society of America. He is the associate chair for research for the department and the advisor for the UA marine sciences undergraduates. His research focuses on the biodiversity, systematics, and phylogenomics of marine and terrestrial algae. His most recent project funded by the National Science Foundation is the assembling of the tree of life for green and red algae. He teaches courses in the biology of algae, plant biology, and advanced phycology. He is an avid worldwide explorer and algal collector