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Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms course, 2012

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Students in Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms contribute to the Diatoms of the United States. For a final project, students intensively research a single taxon and submit their work to the review board. Several taxa from 2012 are in progress.

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Achnanthes inflata | Caloneis lewisii | Cocconeis pediculus | Cyclotella bodanica var. intermedia | Cymbopleura inaequalis | Fragilariforma nitzschioides |

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Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms course
Diatom slide from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

In 2012, students from an eclectic mix of states (Arkansas, Iowa, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Utah) and an unlikely set of countries (Indonesia, Iran, Australia) gathered for the diatom course at Iowa Lakeside Lab. Most of the students are enrolled in graduate programs, using diatoms in their research projects. The students learned not only about the freshwater diatom genera in North America, but were exposed to the species diversity from this global set of student study sites.  

In 2013, we will mark the 50th anniversary of the class in Iowa, which started as the “Diatom Clinic” by Dr. Gene Stoermer in 1963. Recently, a former student from the 1963 class, Gerry Haukoos, sent a note in rememberance of Gene. He recalled that the first morning of the class in 1963, he overheard Dr. John Dodd instructing his former graduate student (Gene) in the adjoining room. John Dodd said something like, "you're in the big time now, go get'em". This exchange occurred when John and Gene were in a stone lab, in the midst of the cornfields of northwest Iowa! For many years of teaching the summer course, Gene would end his lectures with, "Now go forth and do great things". All the students that pass through this stone building have done exactly that.

Funding

J.C. Kingston Fellowship

Teaching Fellowship | Nina Desianti

C.W. Reimer Scholarship

Merit Scholarship | Catharina Grubaugh

Friends of Lakeside Lab

Educational Support |

Okoboji Foundation

Educational Support |

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust

Student Microscopes and Imaging |

Messengers of Healing Winds

Student Microscopes and Imaging |

Participants

Mark Edlund

Senior Scientist, Science Museum of Minnesota
Review Board, This Website


Steve Main

Professor, Retired, Wartburg College


Marina Potapova

Assistant Curator, Diatom Herbarium, Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia of Drexel University
Review Board, This Website


Sarah Spaulding

Ecologist, US Geological Survey
Review Board, This Website


Ata Atazadeh

Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Science, Federation University, Victoria 3355, Australia


David R.L. Burge

M.S. Student, Ecotoxicology, Arkansas State University
Hydrologic Technician, US Geological Survey


William Daniels

Ph.D. Student, Geology Department, Brown University and Marine Biological Laboratory


Nina Desianti

J.C. Kingston Fellow, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms


Catharina Grubaugh

Ph.D. Student, Fordham University


Kerry Howard

Ph.D. Student, Department of Geological Sciences & Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno


Matthew Keith

Undergraduate Student, University of Iowa


Somayyeh Kheiri

Instructor, Islamic Azad University, Garmsar Branch, Iran


Steve Nelson

Professor of Geochemistry, Department of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University


Michael Van Gorp

Undergraduate Student, University of Iowa


Jane Shuttleworth

Friends of Lakeside Lab


This project was first entered on 08 June, 2012 by Sarah Spaulding