SUMMER FIELD OPPORTUNITIES AT IOWA LAKESIDE LABORATORY

Three courses related to algae and diatoms are being offered in Summer 2019 at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. Classes target advanced undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, teachers and professionals. There is also a course for high school students, with the opportunity to earn college credit.

ECOLOGY AND SYSTEMATICS OF DIATOMS
13 May – 07 June 2018
Instructors: Mark Edlund, Sylvia Lee

This course, now in its 57th year, will introduce students to field and laboratory study of freshwater diatoms. We will visit diverse aquatic habitats of the Upper Midwest to make live and fossil collections of most freshwater diatom genera. Students will learn techniques in collection, preparation, and identification of diatoms. Lectures will cover diatom taxonomy, systematics, stream, lake, and wetland ecology, research applications, and biogeography. Students will assemble individual voucher collections as a means for practicing diatom research and species verification. As a final project, students will complete a taxonomic treatment of a species that will be ready to submit for peer-review to the Diatoms of the North America web project. Students will also have the opportunity to take the new Society for Freshwater Science Diatom Taxonomic Certification exam in the course. This is an intensive, field-oriented class appropriate for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-graduate workers in geology, ecology and diatom taxonomy. Students are encouraged to bring individual research materials, and there will be opportunities to discuss research approaches and practical problems of using diatoms in ecological and paleoecological applications. Two scholarships, the CW Reimer Scholarship and the EF Stoermer Scholarship, will be awarded based on application and scholastic merit. The JC Kingston Fellowship supports a teaching assistant for the class. Class size is limited to 10 students.

ECOLOGY AND SYSTEMATICS OF ALGAE
10 June - 05 Jul 2019
Instructor: Kalina Manoylov

An ecological perspective is used to explore the diversity of photosynthetic microbes that form the energy base of freshwater ecosystems, including cyanobacteria, green algae, and diatoms. Students will learn techniques in collection, preparation, and identification of algae. Lectures will cover all algal groups’ taxonomy, systematics, and ecology. Environmental and economic concerns caused by algal growth will be examined. Field collections will be used to identify common genera of algae, study life histories, and examine environmental factors that affect growth and distribution. This is an intensive, field-oriented class appropriate for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-graduate workers in bioassessment, algal ecology, and taxonomy. Students are encouraged to bring individual research materials, and there will be opportunities to discuss research approaches using algae. Students should have a working knowledge of basic biology. Class size is limited to 10 students.

COLLEGE PREP DIATOMS
14 July - 26 July 2019
Instructors: Kerry Howard and Shelly Wu
Visiting Researcher: Sylvia Lee

This is a field-based, hands-on, introductory-level course on freshwater diatoms for advanced placement high school students who want college credits. Course topics include: microscopy of live and prepared specimens, methods of diatom specimen collection & preparation, diatom morphology, ecology, and life cycles, diatoms & water quality, diatoms in forensics, introduction to peer-reviewed scientific literature, and introduction to multivariate statistics (ordination) using the R statistical program. Students will also conduct a group research project during the course and prepare personal collections of approximately 20 diatom genera. One-week (1 credit) and two-week (2 credit) options will be offered. High school biology (AP Biology preferred) is a prerequisite for this course. Students must apply by submitting a transcript, a 1-2 page essay on their interest in the course, and a letter of recommendation from a science teacher. Class size is limited to 10. Accepted students will receive a scholarship that covers room & board, and course supplies. Tuition is $100 per credit hour (1 week = 1 credit) for accepted students (required at registration). Applications will be accepted until May 18. Contact Shelly Wu for more details.


Contacts:
Sylvia Lee [email protected]
Mark Edlund [email protected]
Kalina Manoylov [email protected]
Kerry Howard [email protected]
Shelly Wu [email protected]