The Phillips lab has broad research interests in using phylogenetic and phylogenomic methods to examine a variety of evolutionary and ecological issues within marine algal and select terrestrial ecosystems. Including evolution of multicellularity in Heterokont lineages, evolution of complexity in brown algae, ocean basin patterns of algal speciation, genetic diversity of algal populations and biogeography. The terrestrial work is focused on conservation genetics of Bioko Island's (small island off the west coast of Africa) endangered populations. It is home to Africa's greatest concentration of endangered primates, along with more than fifty unique species of plants. The Phillips lab researches these different life forms to gain more knowledge in order to increase examination efficiency. As a result we have gained much experience in this particular field. We are completely confident that our research will have some sort of impact in the ever changing world of science.