What’s in a name?

Did you know that our very own journal editor, Ruth Falshaw, has had a species of seaweed named after her? 

The seaweed was previously known as Gigartina ‘sp. 164’ and occurs on exposed, rocky coasts in the south and west of the South Island and other southern islands of New Zealand. 

Last year, D’Archino et al.1 named this species Gigartina falshawiae: “In honour of Ruth Falshaw for her contribution to the study of the chemistry of macroalgae and particularly New Zealand Gigartinaceae.” Ruth says she is very humbled to receive such an honour. 

1 D’Archino R, Nelson WA, Sutherland JE 2019. Unnamed for over 30 years: Gigartina falshawiae sp. nov. (Gigartinaceae, Rhodophyta) and its confusion with Iridaea tuberculosa in New Zealand. Phycologia https://doi.org/10.1080/00318884.2019.1667187