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Special News

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

20 January, 2017

Citizen Scientists Lend a Hand

Three times a year, the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) hosts a very special event. Members Behind the Scenes gives visitors the opportunity to enter parts of the museum that are normally off limits (like the research labs) and see what goes on.

On Martin Luther King Day, scientists from the St. Croix Watershed Research Station provided...  Read More >

17 November, 2016

Diatom of the Month

The “Diatom of the Month” project is a monthly series of blog posts on diatoms, precious primary producers, and invaluable indicators of environmental change at different spatial and temporal scales. The aims are:

1) to create a new channel of simplified and rapid communication among taxonomists, biologists, ecologists about, e.g. new...  Read More >

26 September, 2016

Phycological Research Consortium gets things done

The Phycological Research Consortium (PRC) takes off in 2016, with a number of accomplishments.

PRC promoted the expanded use of Iowa Lakeside Lab MacBride lab during spring and fall. The facility had been under-utilized outside of summer sessions, yet it is unmatched by any other institution in the quality of resources including microscopes,...  Read More >

12 August, 2016

When art and diatoms collide

A new book of poetry, You This Close, by Minnesota writer Su Smallen incorporates diatoms, rivers, science, and the happenings of nature in poems that explore how diatomaceous imagery provides meaning to emotions, relationships and love.

Su conceived the book during her residency as the Artist at Pine Needles at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s...  Read More >

15 April, 2016

Track new content on DOTUS

Diatoms of the US is now on Facebook!

Check our Facebook page for:

1) Genus and species pages as they are opened to the public. The content on DOTUS goes through a formal review process, and once a page is open for public view we announce the new pages on Facebook. Typically one new page is opened each day of the week, and Facebook allows us to...  Read More >

01 April, 2016

International Diatom Symposium Workshops

International Diatom Symposium Workshops
Quebec City, Canada
21-16 August 2016

This year, five workshops will be held during the IDS meeting. Each workshop, presenter, scheduled time and abstract are listed below. If you are interested in attending one or more of these workshops, please contact the workshop presenter by email to register by July...  Read More >

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 >

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