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Diatoms of the United States is now known as Diatoms of North America.
This site has been redesigned and updated, and will be closing soon.


Creating this online resource was a team effort

Core Team

People from several organizations joined together to design the website, build the web application, and contribute the initial data.

Sarah Spaulding - USGS and INSTAAR
Project organizer.

David Lubinski INSTAAR
Web and database leader, data entry, interface design, database design, web programming.

Marina Potapova.- Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Diatom taxonomic expert, diatom taxonomic data, and design of data entry.

Julie Kinsey - Environmental Protection Agency Region 8
Environmental scientist intern, glossary, copyright permission, database design.

Tisza Bell - INSTAAR graduate student
Database design, image processing.

Other Team Members

Additional participants and supporters of initial and ongoing development of this website are listed on the following pages:
  Review Board
  Taxon Contributors


The images and data for this web site are organized within a web-friendly, custom-designed relational database. Our numerous taxon contributors and review board members can add and update taxa themselves, without requiring technical web knowledge.  For example, all image sizing is done automatically.

If interested in knowing more about the database structure and web coding, please contact us with details about your interest.