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Taxon pages supported by EPA Office of Water

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Through continued support by the EPA Office of Water, senior scientist Mark Edlund and doctoral student David Burge at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s St. Croix Watershed Research Station (SCWRS) developed 50 taxon pages.

TAXA

Acanthoceras zachariasii | Amphora calumetica | Aulacoseira islandica | Biremis undulata | Cyclotella quillensis | Eunotia bidentula | Eunotia eruca | Eunotia tauntoniensis | Fragilariforma constricta | Fragilariforma polygonata | Hannaea superiorensis | Hydrosera whampoensis | Lindavia bodanica | Lindavia comensis | Lindavia delicatula | Lindavia eriensis | Lindavia michiganiana | Lindavia ocellata | Melosira dickiei | Neidium sacoense | Orthoseira roeseana | Oxyneis binalis | Oxyneis binalis var. elliptica | Pinnularia turfosiphila | Placoneis amphibola | Sellaphora moesta | Semiorbis catillifera | Semiorbis rotundus | Stauroneis bovbjergii | Stephanodiscus binderanus | Stephanodiscus hantzschii | Stephanodiscus hantzschii f. tenuis | Stephanodiscus minutulus | Stephanodiscus parvus |

LINKS

Citizen Scientists Lend a Hand
St. Croix Watershed Research Station
Notulae Algarum
Philadelphia Academy of Sciences

NEWS

Development of species pages included collaboration with contributors Ian Bishop, Elizabeth Alexson, Shelly Wu and Lynn Brant. In addition to the microscope laboratory at SCWRS, research facilities at St. Cloud State University, the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory were used for literature and research species morphology. Herbarium collections were accessed from SCWRS, INSTAAR and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia (ANS) from projects funded by the State of Minnesota, National Park Service, EPA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

In the process of completing these pages, three papers were published to correct nomenclatural and taxonomic issues that came to light during species page preparation—issues that had to be corrected before new species pages could go public. The journal, Notulae Algarum, an electronic journal created by Algaebase founder, Michael Guiry, has a specific focus to rectify nomenclatural issues among algae, is designed for rapid publication, and was a perfect outlet for these works. One of these publications, Rarick et al. (2017), resulted from collaboration of an undergraduate student, teaching assistant, and faculty from the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Systematics and Ecology of diatoms course.

In addition, we used a unique opportunity through the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) to connect citizen science to research. SMM opens its research areas to the general public and museum members several times a year and the SCWRS often lets kids have the experience of viewing the micro-world through research grade microscopes. At one of these events, called Members Behind the Scenes, Mark Edlund and visitors located and measured specimens of Lindavia bodanica and Hannaea superiorensis. As a result, public vistors had the opportunity to contribute images and measurements to construct new species pages.

Related Citations:

Daniels, W.C. and Edlund, M.B. 2016.The valid transfer of Cyclotella bodanica var. intermedia to Lindavia (Bacillariophyceae). Notulae Algarum 14, 1-3.

Edlund, M.B., Burge, D.R.L. and Spaulding, S.A. 2017. The transfer of Navicula cuspidata var. obtusa to Craticula (Bacillariophyceae). Notulae Algarum 19, 1-2.

Rarick, J., Wu. S., Lee, S.S. and Edlund, M.B. 2017. The valid transfer of Stauroneis goeppertiana to Luticola (Bacillariophyceae). Notulae Algarum 29, 1-3.
 

Funding

Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

| Mark Edlund, David Burge

Participants

Mark Edlund

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


David R.L. Burge

Lab Technician, St. Croix Watershed Research Station, Science Museum of Minnesota


Elizabeth Alexson

Research Staff Scientist, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth


Ian Bishop

Professional Research Associate, University of Colorado, Boulder
Review Board, This Website


Lynn Brant

Emeritus Professor of Geology, University of Northern Iowa


Jaclyn Rarick

Undergraduate student, University of Iowa


Shelly Wu

Diatom Enthusiast,


This project was first entered on 27 November, 2017 by Mark Edlund