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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

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 >

30 June, 2015

The Air You’re Breathing? A Diatom Made That

This news report is taken from Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights by diatom expert Andrew Alverson, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

You’ll consume about 2 liters (just over a half gallon) of oxygen in the time it takes you to read this post. About 20 percent of that oxygen comes from photosynthesis by marine diatoms — the...  Read More >

30 June, 2015

Education Connection: Project Periphyton

High school students use the Diatoms of the United States website to identify and count diatoms in their local rivers, as part of an innovative and experiential environmental science program. This news report is adapted from the Project Periphyton, Newtown High School Blog.

Project Periphyton involves more than 200 high school students and 11...  Read More >

26 June, 2015

Editorial Review Guidelines


One reviewer from the diatomist community will critique each taxon page before it becomes visible to the public. Reviewers will provide constructive reviews, given in the spirit to help the contributor include taxonomic information to make a complete and accurate taxon page. These guidelines are available to...  Read More >

17 June, 2015

DIATOMS! Drowning?! Death?! Forensics?!

One of the guidelines for contributors of species pages for Diatoms of the United States project is that images are taken from North American samples. However, contributors submit fantastic images of diatoms from around the world. While we don’t include those images on species pages, we include them in glossary definitions, genus pages and image...  Read More >

10 May, 2015

A small fraction of the semi-known species

Taxon Workshop (May 4-8) and Diatoms of US Developers Meeting (May 3-5) at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia

Participants: Ian Bishop, David Burge, Gina LaLiberte, Melissa Vacarrino, Marina Potapova, Sonja Hausmann, Alison Minerovic, Sarah Spaulding, Michelle Maier, Mark Edlund, Nina Desianti

Developers: David...  Read More >

05 March, 2015

EPA Office of Water Support

In September (16-20) 2014, members of the Editorial Review Board, Environmental Protection Agency representatives, academics and web designers joined to discuss planning for the future of the project. As a result of that meeting, the EPA Office of Water is providing $50,000 for development of taxon pages in 2015. We hope that this effort will...  Read More >

01 December, 2014

Okeechobee or Okoboji? An Everglades student’s corny tale

So where would you go to study how Everglades algae respond to increased nutrients from sea level rise? The Florida Everglades, right? That’s what I thought. But I went to Iowa.

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, more specifically, on the shores of Lake Okoboji (yes, I still confuse it with that big lake in the northern ‘Glades). A bit clearer but...  Read More >

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