1) Taxonomy of tropical and subtropical marine algae, seagrasses and mangroves, with emphasis on Southeast Asia
2) Freshwater red algal taxonomy, with focus on Philippine species
3) Dynamic phytogeography of aquatic plants in relation to global warming
4) Seaweed database of the South China Sea and adjacent regions
Algae, Biodiversity Assessment, Floristics, Phycology, Systematics
Taxonomic resources including herbarium specimens and literature
Sea grapes sold in traditional market
Tan, P.-L., P.-E. Lim, S.-M. Lin, S.-M. Phang, S.G.A. Draisma and L.M. Liao. 2015. Foliose Halymenia species (Halymeniaceae, Rhodophyta) from Southeast Asia, including a new species, Halymenia malaysiana sp. nov. Bot. Mar. 58: 203-217.
Dumilag, R.V., L.M. Liao and A.O. Lluisma. 2014. Phylogeny of Betaphycus (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta) as inferred from COI sequences and morphological observations on B. philippinensis. J. Appl. Phycol. 26: 587-595.
Liao, L.M., D.F.C. Belleza and P.J.L. Geraldino. 2013. Marine algae of the Sulu Sea islands, Philippines II. Annotated list of the brown algae (Phaeophyceae) from the Cuyo Islands. Phytotaxa 152: 1-17.
Liao, L.M. 2010. Nomenclatural notes on some Philippine species of freshwater red algae (Rhodophyta). Philipp. J. Systematic Biol. 4: 89-94.
Associate Professor Liao, L.M.