Dear Readers,

Welcome to Algae Planet! We exist to keep you informed of the global innovations driving the rapidly developing algae industries — both micro and macro.

Algae Planet spotlights the constant evolution occurring at the forefront of algae research for Health & Nutrition, Food & Feed, answers to our greatest environmental threats, how it’s being used for alternative fossil fuel energy needs, as well as the advances in new industries and the circular economy.

We’d like to be your favorite algae news and information hub, whether you are a researcher, educator, grower, entrepreneur, or an enthusiast exploring the algae community.

We feature:

  • A friendly user interface, a robust search function, and easy to find information on people, products and processes;
  • Editorial that monitors the micro- and macro-algal solutions for climate change, human and animal food production, nutraceuticals, wastewater management, creating bio-materials and biofuels, and much more;
  • An “Algae Basics” area for newcomers to the industry, authored by algae polymath — and Algae Planet Executive Editor — Dr. Mark Edwards;
  • A place where growers, labs, manufacturers, developers, and suppliers share their knowledge, products, and progress!
  • We’d like to know how we can be of service to you, and the algae community, as we shine a light on the inspiring algae innovations improving our lives and mending our planet.

With warmest regards,
Your Algae Planet Team

The Algae Planet Team

David Schwartz

David Schwartz

Publisher/Editor

David received his Associates degree in algal biofuels from Santa Fe Community College with highest honors, in 2009, and has taught Entrepreneurship at SFCC in their sustainable energy curriculum. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Indiana University. In 2010 David co-founded AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com, the online trade magazine for the revolutionary algae biofuel and coproducts industry and directed its editorial until it ceased publication in 2020.

Dr. Mark Edwards

Dr. Mark Edwards

Executive Editor

Mark Edwards has written over a dozen books including best sellers in both business and science. His award-winning book, Green Algae Strategy: Engineer Sustainable Food and Fuels positions algal solutions for food and energy. Mark graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy where he studied mechanical engineering, oceanography and meteorology. He was mentored by Jacques Cousteau, who motivated a passion for the oceans, algae and global stewardship. He holds an MBA and PhD in marketing and consumer behavior and has taught marketing, leadership, sustainability and entrepreneurship at Arizona State University for over 30 years. Mark has studied algae’s potential for food and energy since 1966 and speaks globally on algae’s potential.

Linda Putnam

Linda Putnam

Creative Director

I absolutely love the work we are doing here at Algae Planet! A little over 10 years ago, I received a call from a former colleague, David Schwartz. I was a little confused at the time…did I hear that right? Algae? I was in! We published an online algae magazine for 10 years. We retired that business and thought we would approach algae in a more holistic way. We started thinking bigger — international, global, our big beautiful blue/green planet. Algae Planet is here as a resource for you and your business. A place to get an idea, or the big picture. Our planet has the ability to cure/heal itself with a little help from algae. So, here we go.

Phil Ganz

Phil Ganz

Director of Marketing and Advertising

Phil oversees Marketing and Advertising Sales at AlgaePlanet.com. Previously, he was Director of Advertising Sales at The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Phil began his career working for advertising agencies, representing clients from Chevrolet to Dodge to Frito-Lay. He went on to represent several national publications including New York Times, American Heritage, Family Circle, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Phil has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University and a Master of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State.
Michael Park

Michael Park

Finance Manager

Michael Park has degrees in mathematics and computer science. He has taught at the University of Maryland and at Purdue University. Michael was the director of computer services for the Canterbury School in Indiana. While there, he wrote the underlying software to computerize the school’s business, admissions, and development offices.