Research Scientist, Botany, and Director, The Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration

Amanda M. Savoie.

Contact Information

Tel: 613.566.4748
Fax: 613.364.4027

Twitter: @iheartseaweed

Amanda studies the species diversity, biogeography and taxonomy of marine macroalgae in Canada.


  • Canadian seaweed diversity.
  • Red algal systematics: taxonomy, phylogenetics, and evolution.
  • The red algal order Ceramiales.
  • DNA barcoding and molecular phylogenetics.


  • Ph.D., Biology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, 2017.
  • B.Sc. Honours, Environmental Biology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, 2009.

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Amanda holding up a specimen of red algae near Saint-Siméon, Quebec.


Amanda Savoie is a phycologist who studies species diversity, biogeography, and systematics of marine macroalgae (a.k.a. seaweeds) in Canada. The coastline of Canada borders three oceans and is the longest in the world. Although red algae play a critical role in the coastal ecosystem, accurate knowledge on red algal species diversity and biogeography is lacking. There are approximately 500 species of red algae in Canada, but this number is likely underestimated.

Amanda is interested in seaweed diversity in general, but she specializes in using a combination of molecular and traditional techniques to investigate taxonomically difficult species of red algae. She is particularly interested in the families Delesseriaceae and Rhodomelaceae, speciose and taxonomically challenging groups.

Main Research Project

  • Marine Macroalgae in Canada.

Professional Services

  • Development Committee, Northeast Algal Society.
  • Macroalgal identification.


ResearchGate Profile


Northeast Algal Society

Phycological Society of America


Canadian Association for Underwater Science

Get to Know Seaweed Expert Amanda Savoie (1 min. 59 sec.)


Bouchard, A., P.B. Hamilton, A.M. Savoie and J.R. Starr. 2020. Molecular and morphological data reveal hidden diversity in common North American Frustulia species (Amphipleuraceae). Diatom Research 34(4): 205–223.

Hamilton, P.B., A.M. Savoie, C.M. Sayre, O. Skibbe, J. Zimmermann and R.D. Bull. 2019. Novel Neidium Pfitzer species from western Canada based upon morphology and plastid DNA sequences. Phytotaxa 419(1): 39–62. Icon: Open access.

Savoie, A.M. and G.W. Saunders. 2019. A molecular assessment of species diversity and generic boundaries in the red algal tribes Polysiphonieae and Streblocladieae (Rhodomelaceae, Rhodophyta) in Canada. European Journal of Phycology 54(1): 1–25.

Filloramo, G.V., A.M. Savoie, O. Selivanova, M.J. Wynne and G.W. Saunders. 2017. Key Kamchatkan collections provide new taxonomic and distributional insights for reportedly pan-North Pacific species of Rhodymeniophycidae (Rhodophyta). Phycologia 56(3): 296–302.

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Waves crashing onto seaweed-covered rocks in Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia.

Savoie, A.M. and G.W. Saunders. 2016. A molecular phylogenetic and DNA barcode assessment of the tribe Pterosiphonieae (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta) emphasizing the Northeast Pacific. Botany 94: 917-939.

Savoie, A.M. and G.W. Saunders. 2015. Evidence for the introduction of the Asian red alga Neosiphonia japonica and its introgression with Neosiphonia harveyi (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta) in the Northwest Atlantic. Molecular Ecology 24(23): 5927–5937.

Savoie, A.M. and G.W. Saunders. 2013. First record of the invasive red alga Heterosiphonia japonica (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta) in Canada. Bioinvasions Records 2(1): 27–32.

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A collection of Phycodrys rubens (Rhodophyta) from New Brunswick.

Papers/Abstracts in Conference Proceedings/Books

Savoie, A.M. and G.W. Saunders. 2011. Establishing species limits and phylogenetic relationships for Northwest Atlantic Polysiphonia (Rhodophyta) using an integrated taxonomic approach. Joint Meeting of the Phycological Society of America, International Society of Protistologists & Northwest Algal Symposium, Seattle, Washington, July 12–16, 2011.

Savoie, A.M., M. Barbeau and K. Haralampides. 2009. Effects of density of the amphipod Corophium volutator on sediment properties on a mudflat. Proceedings of the 8th BoFEP Science Workshop. pp. 269–275.