About Us


From left to right: Aaron Cooke (Lan Technician), Carmelo Tomas (Emeritus Professor), Catharina Alves-de-Souza (ARC Director), Charles Wingert (ARC Curator and Lab Manager), Robert York (Mass Culture Specialist) 


            The Algal Research Collection (ARC) is focused on the growth and maintenance of harmful algal species with special emphasis in the toxic taxa. ARC presents the opportunity for commercial, industrial, and academic research to explore the use of living marine microalgae for a variety applications such as nutraceutical, pharmaceutical or biomass studies.

            The collection began in the Florida Marine Research Institute, in 1987. Initially consisting of a number of toxic dinoflagellates isolated from Florida local waters, it soon expanded to include toxic taxa from other groups. The collection was transferred in 1999 from Florida to the Center for Marine Science in the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW). In 2013, the collection was moved to the newly constructed MARBIONC (Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina) building in the UNCW’s Crest Research Park. Initially a private research collection, ARC became a service collection in September 2016 when our strains became available for purchase by the scientific community.  

           ARC functions under the auspices of MARBIONC (Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina) at UNCW's Crest Research Park (5600 Marvin K. Moss. Ln, Wilmington NC, 28409).


For further information, contact ARC Director Catharina Alves-de-Souza (desouzac@uncw.edu).