Diatom of the Month February 2019 - Diatoms (and biomonitoring) in dwindling rivers

Andrea Burfeid Castellanos¹ explains to us why we should care about temporary rivers and how diatoms can better assess its ecological status

Intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (also known as IRES) are a growing concern worldwide. The myriad of ecosystem services and high biodiversity levels they support are severely jeopardized due to the synergistic effects of climate change (i.e., droughts) and increased human usages (Datry et al., 2016). These water bodies are characterized by their temporary or chronic reduction of flow (Stubbington et al., 2017), which can occur naturally or be caused by anthropogenic influences. Most of the studied temporary streams can be found in the Mediterranean climate, where dry summers and torrential downpours in autumn produce substantial variations in water volume (Kalogeropoulos and Chalkias, 2013). These changes also affect water quality, since a reduced flow produces an increase in nutrient and particle concentrations (Becker, 2014).

Climate ch…

POGO-SCOR Fellowships 2019

The information retrieved from POGO website ( POGO-SCOR Fellowships 2019 The Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) and Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) are pleased to announce that the POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship programme for 2019 is now open for applications.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.
The scheme is designed to promote training and capacity development, leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans, and is aimed at scientists, technicians, graduate students (preferably PhD) and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
Priority is given to applicants in the early stages of their career development. The fellowship offers the opportunity to visit other oceanographic centres for a short period (1 to 3 months) for training on aspects of oceanographic observations, analyses, an…

Diatom Job post: Microalgae Biotechnology in the Canary Islands

From Algae-L The Canarian Institute of Technology (ITC), Gran Canaria, Spain, will be hiring 4 young scientists to work on two different projects related with microalgae biotechnology. Details on the jobs and instructions on how to apply can be found here:
Applications deadline is March 11th 2019 (3 pm local time).

C/ Cebrián, 3 - 35003 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain or e-mail to rrhh(at)

ECR Central

Are you a Young diatomist searching for a job (not necessarily in diatoms)? A new website centralizes global funding opportunities (also listed per country) and travel grants. It also is a platform for networking and share protocols and other resources. Why not check it out?

Last day to vote for the ISDR Logo

Dear members of ISDR, today is the last day to vote for the ISDR Logo:

Doctoral Student position on Diatoms and Cyanobacteria at the Linnaeus university

From Diatom-L
Doctoral student in Ecology Linnaeus UniversityReference number: 2019/55-2.2.1
Deadline March 8, 2019 Welcome to Linnaeus University! A place for knowledge, ideas and development. For growth potential and a belief in the future. In Småland and in the world. The Department of Biology and Environmental Science is part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The research activities within this multidisciplinary department include the areas of aquatic ecology, cell and organism biology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, environmental science and environmental engineering as well as disease ecology.  The marine microbiology research group in Kalmar seeks a PhD candidate for studies of the influence of concentrations of silica and phosphate on picocyanobacteria and diatoms to elucidate the effect of varying silica concentrations in the sea in deep time. The PhD study is part of a larger interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with scientists from Daniel Conley…