Dr. Patrick Martone is a professor and phycologist in the Botany Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC). For nearly twenty years, Patrick has been studying the biology and biodiversity of seaweeds in the NE Pacific. Research in his lab focuses on a wide range of topics from cell wall chemistry and tissue development, through ecophysiology and evolution, to ecological interactions and community structure. Patrick is passionate about teaching the wonders of seaweed, inspiring hundreds of students at UBC and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. He has developed a mobile app for iPhone and Android called the “Seaweed Sorter” that helps users identify (and fall in love with) more than 100 seaweed species along the NE Pacific coast. Patrick is the Vice-President / President-Elect of the Phycological Society of America.