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Dr Fred Gurgel

Telephone +61 8 8222 9457
Position Research Fellow
Fax +61 8 8222 9456
Building Darling Building
Floor/Room 1 12
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Ecology and Environmental Science

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Biography/ Background

Anywhere they occur, from the tropics to the poles, algae are key ecological components of the marine benthic environment. My research focuses on the molecular systematics, ecology and biogeography of marine macroalgae. My ultimate phycological interest is to bridge the fields of taxonomy, molecular biology, ecology, physiology, comparative morphology and biogeography to create a more holistic understanding of macroalgal evolution, distribution and biodiversity.


2014-present. Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis campus, Brazil (

2014-present. Affiliate lecturer at the University of Adelaide. Note: I am not accepting any new students or postdocs at the University of Adelaide.

2007-2013. Three-party joint-appointment among the University of Adelaide (School of Earth & Environmental Sciences), State Herbarium of South Australia (Department for Environment and Heritage) and South Australia Research & Development Institute, Aquatic Sciences (Department of Primary Industries and Resources).

2005-2007. Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, USA (2005-2007); Research Associate, University of Louisiana, USA (2004-2005); Postdoctoral Fellow, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2002-2003)

2004-2005. Research Associate, University of Louisiana, USA

2002-2003. Postdoctoral Fellow, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2001. PhD, University of Louisiana, USA


Recent Publications:

2014. Norris, J.N. & Gurgel C.F.D. Gracilariales: Gracilariaceae and Pterocladiophilaceae. In: Marine Algae of the Northern Gulf of California, II: Rhodophyta, Norris, J.N., Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, no. 96. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington D.C. USA, pp. 374–405, figs. 188–202. [book chapter]

2014 Draisma S.G.A., Prud’homme van Reine W.F., Sauvage T., Belton G.S., Gurgel C.F.D., Lim P.E., Phang S.M. A reassessment of the infra-generic classification of the genus Caulerpa (Caulerpaceae, Chlorophyta) inferred from a time-calibrated molecular phylogeny. Journal of Phycology (DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12231).

2014 Fucikova K., Leliaert F., Cooper E.D., Skaloud P., Dhondt S., De Clerck O., Gurgel C.F.D., Lewis L.A., Lewis P.O., Lopez-Bautista J., Delwiche C.F. & Verbruggen, H. New phylogenetic hypotheses for the core Chlorophyta based on chloroplast sequence data. Trends in Ecology & Evolution (doi: 10.3389/fevo.2014.00063)

2014. Tavares, N.M., Runcie J., & Gurgel C.F.D. The impact of different preservation methods on macroalgal tissue light absorptance values: a case study with Ulva australis. Aquatic Botany ( ).

2014. Baker J.L., Scoresby A.S., Barrett N., & Gurgel C.F.D. The Subtidal Macroalgae of Spencer Gulf (Part III  - Natural Systems, Chapter 10). In: Natural History of the Spencer Gulf. Published by the Royal Society of South Australia, pp. 136-152. [book chapter]

2014. Wernberg T., Russell B.D., Bradshaw C.J.A., Gurgel C.F.D., Thomsen M.S., Poloczanska E.S., & Connell S.D. Misconceptions about analyses of Australian seaweed collections. Phycologia 53(3): 215-220.

2014. Ni-Ni W., Sun Z.M., Hanyuda T., Kuhihara A., Millar A.J.K., Gurgel C.F.D., Kawai H. Four newly recorded species of the calcified marine brown macroalgal genus Padina (Dictyotales, Phaeophyceae) for Australia.  Australian Systematic Botany 26: 448–465.

2014. Dixon R.R.M., Mattio L., Huisman J.M., Payri C.E., Bolton J.J. & Gurgel C.D.F. North meets south - Taxonomic and biogeographic implications of a phylogenetic assessment of Sargassum  subgenera Arthrophycus and Bactrophycus. Phycologia 53(1): 15-22.

2014. Belton G.S., Prud'homme van Reine W., Huisman J.M., Draisma S.G.A., Gurgel C.F.D. Resolving phenotypic plasticity and species designation in the morphologically challenging Caulerpa  racemosapeltata complex (Chlorophyta, Caulerpaceae). Journal of Phycology 50(1): 32-54

2013. Gurgel C.F.D., Wernberg T., Thomsen M.S., Russell B.D., Adam P., Waters J.M., Connell S.D. Shared patterns of species turnover between seaweeds and seed plants break down at increasing distances from the sea. Ecology & Evolution 4(1): 27–34

2013. Wernberg T., Thomsen M.S., Connell S.D., Russell B.D., Waters J., Zuccarello G., Kraft G.T., Sanderson C., West J. & Gurgel C.F.D. The footprint of continental-scale ocean currents on the biogeography of seaweeds. PLOS One 8(11), e80168.

2013. Verbruggen H., Tyberghein L., Belton G.S., Mineur F., Jueterbock A., Hoarau G., Gurgel C.F.D., De Clerck O. Improving Transferability of Introduced Species’ Distribution Models: New Tools to Forecast the Spread of a Highly Invasive Seaweed. PLoS ONE 8(6): e68337.

2013. Harvey A.S., Woelkerling W.J., Huisman J.M., Gurgel C.F.D. A monographic account of Australian species of Amphiroa  (Corallinaceae, Rhodophyta).Australian Systematic Botany 26:81–144.

2013. Sauvage T., Payri C., Draisma S.G.A., Prud'homme van Reine W.F., Verbruggen H., Belton G.S., Gurgel C.F.D., Gabriel D., Sherwood A.R. & Fredericq S. Molecular diversity of the Caulerpa  racemosa–peltata complex (Caulerpaceae, Caulerpales) in New Caledonia, with new Australasian records for the variety cylindracea. Phycologia 52(1): 6-13.

Professional Associations

Convener of the ARC-NZ Vegetation Function Network working group no. 47: "Marine Plant Biogeography and Bioregionalization" (Link).  Member of the ARC-NZ Vegetation Function Network working group no. 58: "Marine flora climate impacts" (Link).  CReefs member responsible for the algal surveys ( Secretary of the Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany, 2012-2013 (ASPAB). Secretary of the International Phycological Society, 2012-2015 (IPS).

Member of the following societies: American Phycological Society, British Phycological Society, International Phycological Society, Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany, Botanical Society of America.

Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesEnvironment, Beach, Reef & Marine Issues
Expertisealgae; kelp; marine plants; climate change; biodiversity; marine; biology; genetics; species; botany; seagrass; ecology; biogeography
NotesCurrent employment: joint-appointment between the University of Adelaide, State Herbarium of SA (South Australia Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources) & South Australia Research & Development Institute, Aquatic Sciences (SA Department of Primary Industries, PIRSA).

Entry last updated: Sunday, 28 Jun 2015

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