Our algae collection numbers approximately 40,000 specimens from across the globe with geographic focus on Scotland and a taxonomic focus on the Red Algae
103 type specimens
500 specimens in spirit
Algae is the term used for a large polyphyletic group of photosynthetic organisms. They are primarily aquatic (marine and freshwater), but can also be terrestrial.
The algae collection has been built up over the last 200 years, with the earliest specimens dating to the early 1800’s. Collections continue to be added, most recently with the incorporation of the herbarium of Harry Powell.
The taxonomic scope of the collection covers brown algae (Phaeophyceae), marine green algae (Chlorophyta), freshwater and terrestrial green algae (Charophyta), cyanobacteria (Cyanophyta) and red algae (Rhodophyta).
Whilst there are specimens from across the world, most of the specimens were collected in the United Kingdom, especially Scotland.
Our algae collection is currently being digitised.
Important Historical Collections
- Walker-Arnott 1850s-1860s, British Isles
- William Edgar Evans 1900s-1940s, Africa, Europe
- Amelia Warren Griffiths 1830s-1840s, England
- William Henry Harvey 1833-1850, global
- Henry Halcro Johnston (1940s) Orkney, Scotland
- Miss Hutchins 1808, Republic of Ireland
- Rev. David Landsborough 1849-1853, Scotland and Jersey
- Dr. David Lyall 1840s-1860s, British Isles, Chile, New Zealand
- James Sinclair 1940s, Scotland, Singapore and Malaysia
- Josephine Elizabeth Tilden 1898-1912, USA and Canada
- Robert Wight 1820s-1830s, India
- Mary Wyatt 1833-1840, Devon, England
- Rev. James Yuill 1850s-1870s, Peterhead, Scotland
- Top set of the Robert K Greville Herbarium 1820-1856, global
- David Edward Guthrie Irvine Herbarium 1948-1988 Predominantly British, global
- Archibald Menzies herbarium 1777-1800s, global
- George William Traill Herbarium 1870s-1900, global
- Glasgow Herbarium foreign algae collection
- Teresa Bennett 1984, British Isles
- Helen L. Caldwell 1961-1985, British Isles
- Sarah L. Fowler 1960s-1980s,
- Christine Howsan 1980s-1990s
- Helen M. Jones 1990s, British Isles
- Harry T. Powell Herbarium 1940s-1980s, British Isles (predominantly Scotland) and North America
Surveys and Expeditions
- Kerguelen Land from the Challenger Expedition of 1874
- Transit of Venus Expedition 1875
- Outer Hebridean Survey 1960s-1980s
- Outer Hebrides specimens for the Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey 1980s-1990s