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25 March, 2011

Information for contributors

As the online taxonomic and ecological resource grows, we are seeking new contributors to submit taxon pages. This project depends on the involvement of many people working on the diverse diatom flora of streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes, springs, soils and estuaries of the country. We hope, eventually, to include the thousands, or tens of...  Read More >

News Stories

17 November, 2015

Ruth Patrick: The River Doctor

“To be a good biologist and make contributions you first have to learn one group of organisms in great depth.” - Ruth Patrick

Dr. Patrick not only learned one group of organisms, diatoms, in great depth, she founded the field of river ecology. In a recent issue of the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin 24(4):108-111, Rex Lowe writes of the...  Read More >

16 November, 2015

Developing a species complex, I mean, species concept

EPA Taxon Page Workshop November 5-9, 2015 Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia

Brave diatomists: Ian Bishop, David Burge, Gina LaLiberte, Melissa Vaccarino, Marina Potapova, Nina Desiante, Sylvia Lee, Meredith Tyree, Richard Mitchell, Jana Veselá, Kalina Manyolov, Sarah Spaulding

For the fall 2015 workshop, brave...  Read More >

21 October, 2015

It’s the diatoms that make the Great Lakes great

Euan Reavie hosted nine diatomists at the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) in Duluth, Minnesota on 12-13 October 2015.

The NRRI Great Lakes Diatom Taxonomy Workshop is periodically held to sort out the taxonomy of some of the over 3000 diatoms found in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Discussions centered on centric and araphid forms that...  Read More >

17 October, 2015

Less of A,B,C. More of thinking like a diatom

Starting this week, users will notice a difference in the order of species on each genus page. Previously, the iconic images of each species were ordered in alphabetical order. Now, the species are ordered by their maximum size.

Q: Why the change?

A: We found that for identification of an unknown species, it made no sense to order the species...  Read More >

12 October, 2015

Diatom ecology in context

Hundreds of students in the Midwest states of Iowa and South Dakota have the opportunity to learn advanced topics in a unique setting, and many of them are now enjoying careers in science. This fall, students and instructors from West Sioux, George-Little Rock, and Alcester-Hudson (South Dakota) high schools participated in the Iowa Lakeside Lab...  Read More >

30 September, 2015

Diatoms and people…

….at the North American Diatom Symposium

The 23rd NADS was held at the Central Michigan University Biological Station from 9-13 September on Beaver Island, 20 miles off the coast of Charlevoix, MI in northern Lake Michigan.

Elizabeth E. Alexson, Euan D. Reavie, and Rich P. Axler LONG-TERM DIATOM RECORDS TO SUPPORT DELISTING EFFORTS ON A GREAT...  Read More >

14 September, 2015

A little slice of heaven

The first official meeting of the Phycological Research Consortium (PRC). was held May 11-15, 2015 at Iowa Lakeside Lab. The meeting consisted of oral presentations, research development workshops, and technical sessions. Participants shared information on professional resources, including the GLEON Network and Fellowship Program and the National...  Read More >

18 August, 2015

Colleges - get ready, your students already know about diatoms

For the first time, an opportunity for advanced high school students to earn college credit, with a tuition waiver from the University of Iowa, was made possible by the Friends of Lakeside Lab Scholarship Fund. Course instructors were Dr. Sylvia Lee (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, NY) and Kerry Howard (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Nevada,...  Read More >

29 July, 2015

A centric revolution? Or natural nomenclature?

Taxonomy is considered to have originated with Carl Linnaeus and his publication of Systema Naturae in 1735. Linneaus was concerned with a system to organize and subdivide organisms, in particular, plants. Diatom taxonomy and its system of naming, or nomenclature, organizes diatoms quite well into different categories of similar features. In many...  Read More >

16 July, 2015

2015 North American Diatom Symposium, 9-13 September

The 23rd North American Diatom Symposium will be held at Central Michigan University Biological Station, 9-13 September on Beaver Island, Michigan.

The field station is located 20 miles off the coast of Charlevoix, in northern Lake Michigan. The CMUBS facility features a large auditorium, modern teaching laboratories, a series of research...  Read More >

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