Shelly Wu

Taxon Contributor
Diatom Enthusiast,

Woods, Phil


Yu, Anna Mengjie

Few objects are more beautiful than the minute siliceous cases of the diatomaceae: were these created that they might be examined and admired under the higher powers of the microscope? Darwin, 1886


One evening, I was watching a Forensic Files episode that utilized diatoms as a forensic application to link the suspects to the crime scene. In awe of the beauty of diatoms, I interacted with Dr. James Wee and we started discussing the literature. This led to my undergraduate research project assessing periphyton accumulation on human hair as a model for determining the postmortem submersion interval (PMSI). For my master’s research, I worked with Dr. Elizabeth Bergey investigating diatom assemblages on freshwater turtles. I have shifted my focus to science education and enjoy bringing diatom outreach to K-12 and the general public.

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