Handbook of the Protists

  • John M. Archibald
  • Alastair G.B. Simpson
  • Claudio H. Slamovits
  • Lynn Margulis
  • Michael Melkonian
  • David J. Chapman
  • John O. Corliss
Living reference work

Table of contents

  1. Jan Votýpka, David Modrý, Miroslav Oborník, Jan Šlapeta, Julius Lukeš
  2. Aaron A. Heiss, Matthew W. Brown, Alastair G. B. Simpson
  3. Giselle Walker, Eliška Zadrobílková, Ivan Čepička
  4. David G. Mann, Richard M. Crawford, Frank E. Round
  5. Martha J. Powell
  6. Richard M. McCourt, Kenneth G. Karol, John D. Hall, Michelle T. Casanova, Michael C. Grant
  7. Patrick J. Keeling
  8. Daniel J. Richter, Frank Nitsche
  9. Jørgen Kristiansen, Pavel Škaloud
  10. Martha J. Powell
  11. Denis H. Lynn
  12. Kerstin Hoef-Emden, John M. Archibald
  13. Sandra L. Baldauf, Joan E. Strassmann
  14. J. F. Saldarriaga, F. J. R. Taylor
  15. Rodney D. Adam
  16. Brian S. Leander, Gordon Lax, Anna Karnkowska, Alastair G. B. Simpson
  17. Marek Eliáš, Raquel Amaral, Karen P. Fawley, Marvin W. Fawley, Yvonne Němcová, Jiří Neustupa et al.

About this book


Published in a modern, user-friendly format this fully revised and updated edition of The Handbook of Protoctista (1990) is the resource for those interested in the biology, diversity and evolution of eukaryotic microorganisms and their descendants, exclusive of animals, plants and fungi. With chapters written by leading researchers in the field, the content reflects the present state of knowledge of the cell and genome biology, evolutionary relationships and ecological/medical/economic importance each major group of protists, organized according to current protist systematics as informed by molecular phylogenetics and genomics.


Parasitology Phycology Protista Protistology Taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • John M. Archibald
    • 1
  • Alastair G.B. Simpson
    • 2
  • Claudio H. Slamovits
    • 3
  • Lynn Margulis
    • 4
  • Michael Melkonian
    • 5
  • David J. Chapman
    • 6
  • John O. Corliss
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Sir Charles Tupper Medical BuildingDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Department of Biology Life Sciences CentreDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  3. 3.Department of Biochemistry and MoleDalhousie University Department of Biochemistry and MoleHALIFAXCanada
  4. 4.AshlandUSA
  5. 5.Biozentrum KölnUniversität zu Köln Biozentrum KölnKölnGermany
  6. 6.Dept. Ecology, Evolution, Marine BiologyUniversity of California Dept. Ecology, Evolution, Marine BiologySanta BarbaraUSA
  7. 7.LibertyvilleUSA

About the editors

Dr. John Archibald is Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research. His scientific contributions include serving as Treasurer of the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution (2009-11) and Associate Editor for various journals, including Genome Biology & Evolution and Journal of Phycology. He is currently an Editorial Board Member for Current Biology, Eukaryotic Cell, BMC Biology, Environmental Microbiology, and Protist Genomics. Dr. Archibald’s research is focused on the diversity of protists and their organelles. He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications, and author of One Plus One Equals One: Symbiosis and the Evolution of Complex Life (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Alastair Simpson is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University, Canada, and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He is the chair of the Systematics and Program Committees of the International Society of Protistologists (ISoP), and a previous winner of ISoP’s Hutner Prize for research excellence. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology for 10 years. Dr Simpson has authored >100 scientific publications on the biodiversity, evolutionary history, cell structure and molecular evolution of eukaryotic microbes, with a particular emphasis on free-living protozoa.
Dr. Claudio Slamovits is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research, Program in Integrated Microbial Biodiversity. He is an executive member of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology and also sits in the Awards committee of the International Society of Protistologists. Dr. Slamovits has received his Ph.D. degree in Buenos Aires, Argentina and conducted postdoctoral training in the University of British Columbia. Since 2009 he leads research in genomics, cell and molecular biology and evolution on a diverse array of protistan lineages.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of the Protists
  • Editors John M. Archibald
    Alastair G.B. Simpson
    Claudio H. Slamovits
    Lynn Margulis
    Michael Melkonian
    David J. Chapman
    John O. Corliss
  • DOI
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Reference Module Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-32669-6
  • Edition Number 0
  • Number of Pages , 0
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Second edition of The Handbook of Protoctista (Lynn Margulis, John O. Corliss, Michael Melkonian, David J. Chapman (eds.)), Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Boston, 1990; Fully Revised and Updated
  • Topics Eukaryotic Microbiology
    Microbial Ecology
    Animal Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography
    Animal Anatomy / Morphology / Histology
    Animal Physiology