Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences :: ABO Board of Directors Candidate Willie Wilson
March 27, 2012
Why vote for Willie Wilson?
"In my role as Director of the NCMA I have an excellent overview of the algal industry through
my interactions with a wide range of industry and academic clients, all interested in the basics
of growing algae for their respective ventures."
Strong academic training at University of Wales, Bangor and University of Warwick (UK),
receiving B.S., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Biology/Biochemistry, Cyanobacteria
Genetics, and Algal Viruses, respectively.
Several senior management roles; currently Director of the National Center for Marine
Algae and Microbiota (NCMA), which houses the largest collection of marine microalgae
in the world.
What I see as the biggest opportunities and challenges for the Algal Biomass Industry Opportunities
To develop a sustainable and carbon-neutral energy resource.
To create value-added natural products for a range of industries such as healthcare,
cosmeceuticals, pharmaceuticals, aquaculture, and human and animal nutrition.
To make algal biomass production financially viable.
To overcome technical bottlenecks such as: algal strain selection and resilience,
dewatering, nutrient supply (including CO2), and physiological delivery.
Top 3 goals I would like ABO to accomplish
Foster strong bipartisan legislative support of the Algal Biomass Industry.
Encourage strong industry-industry and industry-academic collaborations
to avoid redundancy in technical developments.
Establish a one-stop shop for algal education resources.
How I plan to achieve these goals
Work with Maine politicians (known for their bipartisanship) as a conduit to DC politicians.
Use my role as NCMA Director to help facilitate collaborative links.
Assist in the further development of the allaboutalgae.com website.