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David L. Ballantine, Ph.D.

Department of Marine Sciences
P.O. Box 9013
University of Puerto Rico
Mayagüez, PR 00681


David Ballantine received his B.A. from Long Island University in 1969, his M.S. from the University of South Florida in 1973 and his Ph.D. from the University of Puerto Rico in 1977.  He  joined the faculty of the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez in 1979.  Dr. Ballantine has actively pursued research on floristics of the marine algal flora of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.  Related research concerns life histories of marine algae in culture and ecology of coral reef-associated algae.  Dr. Ballantine has additionally studied impacts of Cyanobacterial and eukaryotic macroalgal blooms on inshore seagrass habitats as well as coral reef habitats in Puerto Rico.  Other research interests include production of biologically active molecules by marine red algae.  Dr. Ballantine has authored over 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers on Caribbean marine algae.  Dr. Ballantine presently serves as an elected member of the Executive Board of the International Phycological Society and is an associate editor for macroalgal taxonomy and systematics for the journal, Phycologia.

Algal epizooism: interactions between Metapeyssonnelia with
shallow water corals and offshore cyanobacterial blooms.
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