Dr Lucie Novoveská

        Head and shoulder photo of Dr Lucie Novoveska outside the SAMS laboratory

Senior Researcher in Algal Biotechnology

Freshwater and marine phycologist. Prior to her enthusiastic return to academia, Lucie worked for three companies in the USA and UK. One of her articles was on the list of 'most downloaded' for one year and she reviewed two chapters for a textbook. Her newest passions are environmental justice and water policy.

I am research area co-leader for Blue Economy.

Contact details:
  • lucie.novoveska@sams.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1631 559 310

Lucie received her PhD from Dauphin Island Sea Lab (USA) and spent 17 years in the USA focusing her research on applied phycology including algae cultivation, algal product development, polycultures cultivation, photobioreactor design, wastewater treatment, harmful algal blooms, phytoplankton ecology, benthic-pelagic coupling and the role of microalgae in heavy metal transfer. Upon her arrival to UK, Lucie continued to work in the industry using microalgae to treat variety of wastewater streams and to generate products from the accumulated algal biomass.

In June 2019, Lucie joined Professor Michele Stanley’s team focusing on developing innovative products from algae with potential for commercial application.  


Current projects






Contributing lectures and/or supervising projects for the following module on the SAMS UHI BSc (Hons) Marine Science programme:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (year 2)

Marine Biotechnology (year 3)

Literature Review (year 3)

Dissertation (year 4)


Contibuting lecture to the University of Strathclyde MSc in Industrial Biotechnology

Blue Biotechnology module


Consultancy and industry experience

Lucie has worked for three commercial companies focusing on algal phycology: Algae Systems (USA), Cellana (USA) and Industrial Phycology (UK).


Accessing consultancy services from SAMS

SAMS consultancy work is delivered through its wholly owned commercial subsidiary, SAMS Research Services Ltd. (SRSL). SRSL operates a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) that is accredited to ISO9001:2008 standard, guaranteeing that all projects deliver the best possible service to our customers. All SRSL projects are planned by a professional programme manager who oversees a team of dedicated project managers, all of whom are focussed specifically on client delivery, and have scientific experience and technical expertise in fields relevant to their assigned projects.

For further information concerning commercial enterprise opportunities at SAMS, please contact SRSL by email (info@srsl.com) or phone +44 (0) 1631 559 470.

Rotter, A. et al. (including Novoveská, L.) 2020. A new network for the advancement of marine biotechnology in Europe and beyond. Frontiers in Marine Science 7: 278.

Novoveská, L., Ross M., Stanley M., Pradelles, R., Wasiolek, V. and J-F. Sassi. 2019. Microalgal carotenoids: A review of production, current markets, regulations, and future direction. Marine Drugs 17 (640):1-21.

Novoveská, L. and H. L. MacIntyre. Study of the seasonality and hydrology as drivers of phytoplankton abundance and composition in a shallow estuary, Weeks Bay, Alabama (USA). Journal of Aquaculture & Marine Biology 8(3):69‒80.

Novoveská, L. and A. Robertson. 2019. Morphological plasticity of Karenia brevis: Implications for monitoring and management. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 7, 24: 1-7.

Henley, W. J., Cobbs, M., Novoveská, L. and M. A. Buchheim. 2018. Phylogenetic analysis of Dunaliella (Chlorophyta) emphasizing new benthic and supralittoral isolates from Great Salt Lake. Journal of Phycology Epub ahead print DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12747

Novoveská, L. and M. Brown. 2018. From green to brown to making green: What the wastewater sector can learn from the rise and fall of the algae biofuel industry. Water Environment & Technology Jan 2018: 13-15.

Novoveská, L., Zapata, A. M, Zabolotney J. B., Attwood, M. C., Sundstrom, E. R. 2016. Optimizing polyculture cultivation and wastewater treatment in large-scale offshore photobioreactors. Algal Research 18: 86-94

Novoveská, , Franks, D. T., Wulfers, T. A. and Henley, W. J. 2016. Stabilizing continuous mixed cultures of microalgae. Algal Research 13: 126-133.

Novoveská, and Henley, W. J. 2014. Lab-scale testing of a two-stage continuous culture system for microalgae. Industrial Biotechnology 10(3): 228-236.

Henley, W. J., Litaker, R. W., Novoveská, , Duke, C.S., Quemada, H., Sayre, R.T. 2013. Initial risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) algae for commodity-scale cultivation. Algal Research, 2: 66-77.

Ortmann, A.L., Metzger, R.C., Liefer, J.D. and Novoveská, L. Grazing and viral lysis vary for different components of the microbial community across estuarine gradient. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 65: 143-157.

Liefer, J., MacIntyre, H.L., Novoveská, L., Smith, W.L. and Dorsey, C.P., 2009. Temporal and spatial variability in Pseudo-nitzschia in Alabama coastal waters: A ‘‘hot spot’’ linked to submarine groundwater discharge? Harmful Algae, 8: 706-714.

Stevenson, R.J., Novoveská, L., Riseng, C.M. and Wiley, M.J., 2009. Comparing responses of diatom species composition to natural and anthropogenic factors in streams of glaciated ecoregions. Nova Hedwigia: 1-13.

Employment history

From June 2019: Senior Researcher in Algal Biotechnology. SAMS

2017-19: Chief Scientist. Industrial Phycology (UK)

2016-17: Assistant Director of Analytical Laboratory. Cellana (USA)

2015-16: PostDoc. Dauphin Island Sea Lab (USA)

2012-15: Head Phycologist. Algae Systems (USA)

2011-12: PostDoc. Oklahoma State University (USA)



2011 PhD Marine Science. Dauphin Island Sea Lab

2005 MS Biological Sciences. Eastern Illinois University

2003 BS Biology. Hampton University


2020 CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems