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Summer Field Course on Diatoms



31 January, 2012

Sarah Spaulding

Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms course, May 21 - June 15, 2012

An intensive, field-oriented class for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-graduate workers in ecology, geology, environmental sciences, and diatom taxonomy will again be offered. Students will explore diverse aquatic habitats and fossil deposits of the Upper Midwest to observe freshwater diatoms and learn techniques in diatom collection, preparation, and identification. Lectures will cover taxonomy of freshwater genera, ecology, systematics, paleolimnology, environmental assessment and biogeography. Each student will complete an individual voucher collection using modern database techniques and produce a written species treatment for electronic publication on the Diatoms of the United States website. Students are encouraged to bring their individual research materials, as there will be opportunities to work on specific topics. Class size is limited to 10 students and early enrollment is encouraged.

Prerequisite: two semesters of introductory biology or geology and/or consent of the instructors.

Scholarships: The C.W. Reimer Scholarship will be awarded (deadline April 15) to one student. Other merit scholarships are also available on the link to scholarships. The H.T. Croasdale Fellowship is available (deadline March 1) through the Phycological Society of America.

The J.C. Kingston Fellowship is awarded (deadline February 28) to support a teaching assistant for the course. A strong preference will be given to applicants who have taken the Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms course, or have equivalent experience. The fellowship includes a stipend and room and board at Lakeside and is available to domestic and international students, at the graduate level or advanced undergraduate level. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and statement of teaching, research, and career interests to the lab Director (


Sarah Spaulding, U.S. Geological Survey

Mark Edlund, Science Museum of Minnesota