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Special News

26 June, 2015

Editorial Review Guidelines


One reviewer from the diatomist community will critique each taxon page before it becomes visible to the public. Reviewers will provide constructive reviews, given in the spirit to help the contributor include taxonomic information to make a complete and accurate taxon page. These guidelines are available to...  Read More >

25 March, 2011

Information for contributors

As the online taxonomic and ecological resource grows, we are seeking new contributors to submit taxon pages. This project depends on the involvement of many people working on the diverse diatom flora of streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes, springs, soils and estuaries of the country. We hope, eventually, to include the thousands, or tens of...  Read More >

News Stories

13 February, 2018

Tiny fossils, huge slides

Are diatoms the key to Earth’s biggest slides?

February 12, 2018, Geological Society of America

The biggest landslides on Earth aren’t on land, but on the seafloor. These mega-slides can move thousands of cubic kilometers of material, and sometimes trigger tsunamis. Yet, remarkably, they occur on nearly flat slopes of less than three degrees.

...  Read More >

07 August, 2017

North American Diatom Symposium 2017

The 2017 NADS Symposium will be held at Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory, on Gibraltar Island in Lake Erie. The deadline for early registration has been extended to Aug.14, 2017. Registration must be complete in order to submit abstracts. Late registration will include an additional fee.

Registration is $225 per person and includes tours of...  Read More >

04 August, 2017

Beer and Diatoms: The perfect mix

The Science Museum of Minnesota hosts an adults-only Social Science event each month. In July it was Fermentational Informational, where grown-ups could come and see all the exhibits at the museum, learn the science behind fermentation, AND sample beers and cider from local brewpubs. The museum’s own St. Croix Watershed Research Station provided...  Read More >

06 April, 2017

Summer Field Courses in Iowa

Four courses related to algae are being offered at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. Classes are directed at advanced undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and professionals. A course for high school students offers the opportunity to earn college credit.


15 May – 09 June 2017
Instructors: Mark Edlund, Sylvia...  Read More >

01 February, 2017

The Gomphonema Round Up Taxon Workshop

The Gomphonema Round Up Taxon Workshop
US EPA Biological Criteria Program
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia
4-9 December 2016

Participants: Kalina Manyolov, Sylvia Lee, Rosalina Stancheva, Ionel Ciguela, Marco Cantonati, Don Charles, Mark Edlund, Marina Potapova, Alison Minerovic, Nina Desianti, Jana Vesalá,...  Read More >

20 January, 2017

Citizen Scientists Lend a Hand

Three times a year, the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) hosts a very special event. Members Behind the Scenes gives visitors the opportunity to enter parts of the museum that are normally off limits (like the research labs) and see what goes on.

On Martin Luther King Day, scientists from the St. Croix Watershed Research Station provided...  Read More >

17 November, 2016

Diatom of the Month

The “Diatom of the Month” project is a monthly series of blog posts on diatoms, precious primary producers, and invaluable indicators of environmental change at different spatial and temporal scales. The aims are:

1) to create a new channel of simplified and rapid communication among taxonomists, biologists, ecologists about, e.g. new...  Read More >

26 September, 2016

Phycological Research Consortium gets things done

The Phycological Research Consortium (PRC) takes off in 2016, with a number of accomplishments.

PRC promoted the expanded use of Iowa Lakeside Lab MacBride lab during spring and fall. The facility had been under-utilized outside of summer sessions, yet it is unmatched by any other institution in the quality of resources including microscopes,...  Read More >

12 August, 2016

When art and diatoms collide

A new book of poetry, You This Close, by Minnesota writer Su Smallen incorporates diatoms, rivers, science, and the happenings of nature in poems that explore how diatomaceous imagery provides meaning to emotions, relationships and love.

Su conceived the book during her residency as the Artist at Pine Needles at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s...  Read More >

15 April, 2016

Track new content on DOTUS

Diatoms of the US is now on Facebook!

Check our Facebook page for:

1) Genus and species pages as they are opened to the public. The content on DOTUS goes through a formal review process, and once a page is open for public view we announce the new pages on Facebook. Typically one new page is opened each day of the week, and Facebook allows us to...  Read More >

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