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PSA 2019 Annual Meeting

  • Hollywood Beach Marriott 2501 North Ocean Drive Hollywood, FL, 33019 United States (map)

Hello Phycophiles!

On behalf of the local organizing committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Ft. Lauderdale, FL for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Phycological Society of America from June 23 to June 27 in Hollywood Beach. The meeting will be held at the magnificent beachside Hollywood Beach Marriott.


We have a special group rate ($149.00 per night) at the Hollywood Beach Marriott. Online reservation can be done through this link or you can call the reservations team at +1 855-314-1984 and mention that you are with the Phycological Society of America Annual Meeting.


We have an exciting program with excellent keynote and plenary lectures in development centered around Algae and Climate Change.

Presidential Symposium – Climate change and our fragile polar ecosystems

The plenary will be given by Susan R. Eaton @SusanREaton_Geo, Geoscientist, journalist and polar explorer who founded @SednaEpic ; Warwick Vincent (Université Laval) discussing cyanobacteria and the Pole to Pole Paradox and our very own Maggie Amsler (PSA Membership Director, University of Alabama) and her experiences in 27 trips to the Antarctic.

Abstract submission deadline is midnight (23:59 Pacific Standard Time) on 1 May 2019. Please follow the abstract preparation guidelines here. These guidelines and procedures must be followed exactly. If not, your paper will not be accepted.

Selection of session topic is designed to facilitate assignment of your abstract to members of the Scientific Program Committee for review. Meeting sessions may not match exactly this list of topics. The Scientific Program Committee will make every attempt to group your presentation with those of similar topic. Priority is given to the overall scientific program and, therefore, final placement is solely at the discretion of the organizing committee. Please select your session topic code from the list of contributed session below.

Contributed Sessions

C01: Phylogeny and Systematics
C02: Cell Biology
C03: Ecology
C04: Population Biology
C05: Biodiversity
C06: Harmful Algal Blooms
C07: Genomics
C08: Evolution
C09: Molecular Biology
C10: Applied Phycology
C11: Terrestrial/Aerophytic algae
C12: Ocean Acidification/Global Change
C13: Biogeography
C14: Phycological Education and Outreach
C14: Bold Award Participant (Students who want to be eligible for the Bold Award for the best oral presentation.)
C15: Lewin Award Participant (Students who want to be eligible for the Lewin Award for the best poster presentation.)
S01: Invited speakers

Confirmed Speakers

Susan R. Eaton (SR ECO Consultants Inc, Founder of Sedna Epic Expedition)
Warwick Vincent (Université Laval)
Maggie Amsler (The University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Clarissa Anderson (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego)
Ligia Collado-Vides (Florida International University)
West Bishop (SePRO Corporation)
Barry Rosen (US Geological Survey)
Catriona Hurd (University of Tasmania)
Evelyn Gaiser (Florida International University)
Maggie Johnson (Smithsonian Institution)

More information to be posted soon.

Pre-meeting excursions

South Florida is home to a host of ecosystems begging rediscovery. Please join us on either of our two excursions to get a handle of the beauty and majestic creatures that inhabit our land and sea, and areas in between.

Key Largo - Snorkeling the Reefs ($90)

This excursion includes a four-hour trip through the beautiful South-Florida marine waterways including several reefs located in the Keys with knowledgeable tour guides. You will be visiting reef structures including Ledges, Spurs and Grooves. You will have the opportunity to observe a variety of warm-water algal taxa including Dictyota, Caulerpa, Sargassum, Champia, Halimeda, Penicillus, Acanthophora, and Dasya, just to name a few! You also might see reef sharks, stingrays (Yellow and Southern), minnows, sea turtles (green, loggerhead, and hawksbill), groupers, parrotfish, brain corals, sea sponges, spiny lobsters, and many more!

Everglades - Airboat ride through the Everglades wetland ($55)

This excursion includes a cool, air-blasting, three-hour private airboat ride through the Everglades led by one of our own Everglades expert. The tour begins in the Everglades Water Conservation Area 3a (Miccosukee reservation), with detailed descriptions of the environment and identification of its wonderful species including, but not limited to periphyton mats, the American alligator, sawgrass, pond apple trees, cypress trees, snapping turtles, anhinga, wood storks, ospreys, great blue herons, and many more! You will have the opportunity to visit Hardwood Hammock areas, where you can handle baby alligators and turtles and learn about the wildlife, the history of the area, and the people who inhabit it.

Pre-meeting workshops

We are planning a nomenclature workshop lead by Mike Guiry, and a remote sensing workshop, both will be held on Sunday, June 23.

Registration fees

Included in the full fees are the opening mixer, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunch, banquet, drink tickets, and receptions during the poster session and auction.

Early Registration Fees (prior to May 1, 2019):
Regular (member) = $465
Postdoc/Retired (member) = $415
Student (member) = $365
Regular (non-member) = $525
Guest/Spouse (attendance at banquet and all receptions) = $110
Extra banquet ticket = $70
One day (no drink tickets, no banquet ticket) = $120.

After May 1, 2019 Registration Fees:
Regular (member) = $515
Postdoc/Retired (member) = $465
Student (member) = $415
Regular (non-member) = $575
Guest/Spouse (attendance at banquet and all receptions) = $160

We look forward to seeing you in sunny South Florida!

Best regards,

Dail Laughinghouse and Amy Carlile

Local Organizing Committee

Dail Laughinghouse, University of Florida/IFAS
David Berthold, University of Florida/IFAS
Evelyn Gaiser, Florida International University
Ligia Collado-Vides, Florida International University

PSA Program Manager

Amy Carlile, University of New Haven

PSA President

Kirsten Müller, University of Waterloo


University of Florida / IFAS, Dean for Research

Agronomy Department, University of Florida / IFAS