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Alternative to microscopy in time of Corona – virtual microscopy with Biigle 2.0

As you all are daily aware, Corona has (hopefully temporarily) changed all of our lives. And our need for diatom identification has not abated even though access to microscopes has been difficult for most. But there is an option. Biigle 2.0 (Biigle.de) developed by the group of Tim W. Nattkemper of the university of Bielefeld […]

New video about diatoms – “Microscopic glass houses and the microbes that live in them” by Ariel Waldman

Ariel Waldman, who is an explorer and writer bringing together science, space, technology and art, is talking about diatoms in one of her YouTube videos as “Microscopic glass houses and the microbes that live in them”. A very nice introduction explaining in a popular scientific way, what diatoms are. Check it out here: In 2018, […]

Virtual Summit: Incorporating Data Science and Open Science Techniques in Aquatic Research

Free virtual meeting to learn how to combine data science and open science with aquatic research

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.

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 […]

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ECR collaborative project: Urban Algae

Urban Algae project was the last EFFS project lead by Susanne Stephan, Cleo N. Stratmann, Sonia Herrero Ortega and Mandy Velthuis. I interviewed them on December 2019 – January 2020. a) What is Urban Algae about? The  Urban Algae project aims to acquire novel knowledge about ecosystem services and the ecological status of ponds in […]

Koeltz discount for ECR *ISDR* members!!!

Great news: Young ISDR members with an active membership in ISDR, can get a 33% discount for Koeltz Botanical Books at any time they would like to order (not tied to conference offers). You can also get a free book copy at any age if you write a proper book review  about one of the […]

Book Review: Diatoms from the Antarctic Region

Antarctica remains in many ways a scientific frontier – its vast and unforgiving landscape belies the biological diversity present there. Within the transient freshwater and wet terrestrial habitats, diatoms manage to survive. In the last two decades, major strides have been made in describing the flora and fauna present in Antarctica. This book describes the nearly decade-long effort.

Did you know…?

Little nerd facts about diatoms