Ligia Collado-Vides

Teaching Professor; Associate Chair

Biological Sciences

Office: OE 167| Lab OE 250

Phone: 305-348-2274



Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides obtained her PhD at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is a Marine Botanist with a research emphasis in subtropical and tropical marine macroalge, including ecological and floristic approaches. Her laboratory and team address local, regional and global ecological questions and issues, from quantifying and comparing carbon contribution and calcareous algae in South Florida and Yucatan, to Atlantic wide macroalgal blooms. Her students are now participating in global initiatives to understand complex and urgent problems and are committed to work with local and regaional communities. For example, the Citizen Science monitoring network of Sargassum landings in South Florida and the Caribbean is widely used by all countries affected by this issue. Teaching is equally important to Dr. Collado-Vides, as she has spent 27 years teaching different courses in Marine Biology and management of coastal ecosystems, particularly Phycology and Marine Protected Areas. She is convinced of the importance of internationalization of education and is fully involved in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses with Mexico and Brazil.