Characteristics and growth forms of diatom communities in restored rivers at the Emscher catchment

Diatom communities of the restored Emscher catchment do not change significantly within a year, but time of restoration has a significant effect on diatom abundance.

Functional and compositional responses of stream microphytobenthic communities to multiple stressors increase and decrease

Research investigating the effect of multiple stressors on microphytobenthos, mainly diatoms, and photosynthesis-related traits in both mesocosm experiments and fieldwork analyses.

Untangling the relationship between Rhopalodian diatoms and their nitrogen-fixing endosymbionts.

Short summary of the work done by Heidi on the relationship between Rhopalodian diatoms and endosymbionts.

Loggerhead sea turtle-associated epizoic vs. non-epizoic diatoms

Loggerhead sea turtles carry a vast number of microorganisms on their shells, including diatoms. Some of these diatoms are epizoic and cannot be found in the host’s environment, while others are considered to be non-epizoic opportunists.

Young ISDR review

We wanted to send through a quick email to update everyone on what has been happening over the past year. During the past 12 months, a lot has been going […]

Q&A recap

Dear all, On Friday, December the 3rd, we hosted a virtual Q&A session with the aim to provide young up and coming researcher the opportunity to ask any questions they […]

Q&A Session. Career in diatoms

  Save the date! On December 3rd we will have a Q&A all about a career in diatoms. When: Friday, December 3rd at 8h (EST), 13h (CET), 14h (CAT), 17:30n (IST) and […]

Welcome address and introduction of Anrich Kock, ECR representative

Hi, my name is Dr Anrich Kock and I am a diatom hunter! If I am not spending my days with a toothbrush in hand next to a river or […]

Book review: The Amazing World of Diatoms

Review on the beautiful, bilingual book titled The Amazing World of Diatoms. Great recommendation to share the beauty of diatoms with experts and non-experts.

Book Review: Freshwater Diploneis. Two Studies.

Diploneis. Two Studies. Koeltz Diatoms of Europe, Volume 09, Freshwater Diploneis: Two Studies. 2020. Horst Lange-Bertalot, André Fuhrmann and Marcus Werum: freshwater Diploneis: species diversity in the Holarctic and spot […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 ( See this sniplet (from minute 2:00) of Sir […]