Michael D. Guiry

Michael Guiry. Photo: Ed GuiryMichael Dominic Guiry was born at Youghal, Ireland in 1949. He was educated by the Domincans at Newbridge College, Co. Kildare. B.Sc. and M.Sc., National University of Ireland (University College, Cork, 1970, 1972). Ph.D. University of London (1976). D.Sc. University of London (1988).

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Botany, University College, Galway (1979-1989), Associate Professor (1989-1996), Professor of Botany (1996-2009). Visiting Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia (1987-88). James Professor in Pure and Applied Sciences, St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada (1989). Director of the Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway (1996-2009).

Elective posts and appointments

Member of the Royal Irish Academy (1991; on Council and in Office, 1994-1996; Vice-President 1995-7). Editor-in-Chief of Phycologia, the Journal of the International Phycological Society (1989-1993). President (1996-1997) of the International Phycological Society. President of the British Phycological Society (2005-2006). International Vice-President, Phycological Society of America (2012-2013).

Honours and recognition


Author of A Consensus and Bibliography of Irish Seaweeds (Cramer, 1979), co-author of Seaweed Resources in Europe: Uses and Potential (Guiry & Blunden, Wiley, 1991), co-author of Check-list and Atlas of the Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland (Hardy & Guiry, British Phycological Society, Ed. 1, 2003; Ed. 2, 2006), Seaweeds -
A colour identification guide to seaweeds of the World.
(Braune & Guiry, 2011), A Catalogue of Irish Seaweeds (2012), and author of more than 240 research publications and articles on taxonomy, life histories, biodiversity, photoperiodism, molecular biology and commercial utilisation of marine and terrestrial algae.