I am a Research Scientist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In my work I use algae for bioassessment of past and present water quality, to inform policy development, and to set management and restoration goals. I have analyzed Wisconsin’s diatom samples for the US EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys since the first National Lakes Assessment in 2007, as well as present-day and paleolimnological diatom samples for lakes, rivers, and wetlands in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. I enjoy working with diatoms because every slide is a new adventure and I never know what I am going to see.