John Huisman received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in 1986 and soon after moved to Western Australia, spending the majority of the 1990s at Murdoch University undertaking a variety of phycological research projects. John’s research has been primarily into the taxonomy of tropical seaweeds, an interest that began during his student years and flourished during a life-changing sojourn to the Hawaiian Islands in 2002-03. John is currently Curator at the Western Australian Herbarium, a position he has held since 2016. He has written over 200 scientific articles, plus numerous general interest articles on various aspects of seaweed biology. John has also written nine books, two of which were awarded the Prescott Award by the Phycological Society of America. John’s most recent book is the revised version of ‘Marine Plants of Australia’ (2019), which describes over 600 species, illustrated by in-situ colour images and numerous line drawings.