Dr. Juliet Brodie is a Merit Researcher in Phycology at the Natural History Museum, London. She is an international expert in seaweeds with over 35 years’ experience, currently specialising in seaweeds in a time of rapid environmental change: biodiversity, systematics, genomics, biogeography, conservation and structural colour. She is a leading authority on red algae, notably the bangiophytes, that include nori and laver, the calcified coralline algae, and the carrageenophytes. Her award-winning research on marine algal conservation enabled her to make a major contribution to the UK’s Government Marine Protected Areas project as a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel. Her research also includes work on ocean acidification, population genetics of macroalgae, seaweed holobiomes, the quest for new materials and redefining life on earth. Her work has taken her to many different parts of the world. She currently leads research programmes on seaweed biodiversity and conservation in the South Atlantic, pests and diseases in seaweed aquaculture, structural colour in the seaweeds, and a citizen science seaweed programme. She has more than 155 publications and more than 75 presentations and has over 25 years of experience with learned Societies and held the posts of President of the British Phycological Society, President of the Systematics Association, President of the International Phycological Society and Overseas Vice-President of the Phycological Society of America. Her journal work includes the posts of Editor-in-Chief for the European Journal of Phycology and Managing Editor for Applied Phycology. In 2017, she was awarded an Individual Merit Promotion for her outstanding personal contribution in her field. In 2020, she was awarded the Linnean medal for Botany. She is passionate about her subject and considers that this is one of the most exciting times to be a scientist and also one of the most challenging.