Diatom Research

Promoting diatom studies throughout the world and facilitating
the exchange of information about diatoms.

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Webinar presented by the Diatom Web Academy (DONA)

Topic: Directional selection observed in diatom lake records from western North America Speaker: Jeffery Stone (Indiana State University) Time: June 9, 2020 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Description: Directional selection is a form of evolutionary change in which an extreme feature of a population is favored and, over time, the population changes to […]

Young ISDR

New video – Diatoms that gave shape to all life on earth

Link (from Twitter) to a short film on the importance of diatoms in the history of the world.

Diatom Of The Month

What is behind a name? Cutting a long story short: how one of the most common Gomphonema species turned out to be – not a Gomphonema!

Around 2005 we, the Diatom Research Group at the BGBM Berlin, cooperated with colleagues from the Georg-August-University Göttingen who wanted to identify diatoms and cyanobacteria using a predecessor method, today called DNA metabarcoding. Since our group had not yet gone molecular, our task was to identify the few newly established cultures and to assist in […]

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


Become part of an international group of students and professional scientists working to understand the multifaceted lives of diatoms. Membership is open to everyone.