Diatom Research

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Webinar: Diatom DNA

Using diatom DNA in environmental assessments: techniques and timeline to operation

Young ISDR

Diatoms in the plankton, narrated by Sir David Attenborough

Dr. Richard Kirby from the University of Plymouth has directed a documentary about “Ocean drifters”, which he is uploading into twitter (https://twitter.com/PlanktonPundit/status/1239966980532080640). See this sniplet (from minute 2:00) of Sir David Attenborough presenting diatoms and other phytoplankton of the ocean. You can find the whole video in the youtube channel of Plymouth University: Link to […]

Diatom Of The Month

Melosira westii

This month’s diatom story revolves around a centric species that tells us about a fascinating sea level change saga over the course of millennia. A thirteenth century story known as the Gutasaga describes how Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea, rose from the sea at night and violently sank again during the day […]

The International Society for Diatom Research (ISDR) promotes the study of marine, freshwater, modern and fossil diatoms across the wide range of disciplines of biology, geology, paleoecology, cell metabolism, cell biology, metabolomics, nanotechnology, forensics, systematics, nomenclature, taxonomy, and biogeochemistry. Our society represents investigators from all nations.


  • hold biennial, international conferences
  • support young scientists
  • offer travel funding to attend conferences
  • publish an international journal, Diatom Research
  • connect people around world to the amazing roles of diatoms


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