We are expanding the number of webinars in the Diatom Web Academy during the pandemic.

Most sessions (but not all) will be recorded and can be accessed for later viewing. You are invited to join us, wherever you may be, from anywhere around the world.


Tuesday August 18, 2020
10 AM - 12 PM (mountain time, US and Canada)
Victoria Chraibi (Tarleton State University) and Shelly Wu (Texas Christian University)
Golden(-brown) Opportunities: Diatoms in Education

Description: Diatoms are often excluded in our education system and therefore, remain unknown to the general public. This webinar will describe the current state of diatom education and implications for science literacy, explore how diatoms can be used in both formal and informal settings for K-12, higher, and life-long education, and present examples of curriculum activities.

Target Audience: This webinar is for anyone interested in facilitating diatom education including researchers, K-12 and higher education instructors, environmental educators, and students.


Paula Furey, St. Catherine University
The genus Eunotia

Susanna Theroux and Raphael Mazor, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
California Algal Assessment

Marina Potapova and Mark Edlund
Navigating diatom nomenclature

Sylvia Lee, Sarah Spaulding, Meredith Tyree and Mark Edlund
What is a diatom species?

Jeffery Stone, Indiana State University
Directional selection observed in diatom lake records from western North America

Meredith Tyree, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado
Voucher Floras

Mark Edlund and David Burge, University of Minnesota
Diatoms and paleolimnology: Lake history through the lens of a frustule

Nicholas Schulte, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado
Using diatom DNA in environmental assessments: techniques and timeline to operation

Marina Potapova, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
The genus Planothidium: taxonomic revisions and common freshwater species of North America

Jan Stevenson, Michigan State University
Using diatoms in ecological assessment

Sarah Spaulding, U.S. Geological Survey / INSTAAR, University of Colorado
Introduction to Diatom Web Academy

Sylvia Lee, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Diatom Taxonomic Certification

Euan Reavie, University of Minnesota, Ely
Tiny things, Great Lakes