About Young ISDR and the Young ISDR Core Team



The idea for "Young diatomists/Young ISDR" was created at the European Geosciences Union general assembly in Vienna in 2015 as a possibility of bringing the energy of early-career researchers and technicians dealing with diatom research into the council of the International Society of Diatom Research (ISDR). The aim was to create a platform for early career scientists and technicians in order to facilitate networking for them. Hannah Vossel prepared activities for the International Diatom Symposium (IDS) 2016 in Québéc such as the first Young Diatomist Meeting including a speedtalk session and the election.

During the IDS 2016 Québéc, Hannah was elected as the new Early-Career Representative (ECR) and with the aid of Xavier Benito started creating the network of early career researchers. In 2017 Andrea Burfeid was added to the newly created Young ISDR core team. This core of people started creating the network presence of the Young diatomists.

Twitter: young_ISDR
Facebook: Diatomi discipuli
Instagram: youngisdr
email: youngdiatomists@gmail.com
Google groups network: youngdiatomists@googlegroups.com

Here, young diatomists (including early-career researchers and technicians) can share publications, job offers and blog posts about ongoing diatom researchor get in contact with each other.

The Young ISDR core team also organized several activities at the IDS 2018 in Berlin including an informal get-together, speed-talk sessions, a day full of post-conference workshops and again elections for an new ECR. During the general ISDR meeting, a new system for the ECRs was established, adding a second ECR to the council, increasing the imprint of the ECR in it. Thus, since then, the 4 year ECR running time is set to overlap with the next ECR. At each International Diatom Symposium a new ECR will be elected to learn the ropes from the previous ECR and then teach them to the next elected. During IDS Berlin Andrea Burfeid was elected as new ECR in addition to Hannah Vossel as outgoing ECR. 

The next ECR will be elected in Yamagata 2020.

Young ISDR Core Team 

Hannah Hartung (née Vossel), Outgoing Early Career Representative of the International Society of Diatom Research. Palaeoecologist & Geologist
I am currently a PhD student & "young lecturer" at the University of Bonn. My research focus is the usage of fossilized diatoms in lacustrine sediment cores for the reconstruction of palaeoenvironments and  palaeoclimate during the Holocene in the Eastern Mediterranean region, especially Israel.





Andrea Burfeid, Early Career Representative of the International Society of Diatom Research. Aquatic Ecologist.
I have just finished my PhD, researching the effect of macro-ecology on diatom communities. I study their taxonomic, bioindicative, morphometric and ecologically functional reactions to changes in freshwater physicochemical traits throughout a 10-year sampling effort. My main interest lies in the holistic observation of diatom ecology/biology through time. I am now working as a Biology Technical Assistant at the Alfred-Wegener Institute (Helmholtz Institute for Marine and Polar Research) in Bremerhaven.



Xavier Benito-Granell, coordinator. Aquatic ecologist.
I study aquatic ecosystems across different time and spatial scales. My research interest lies on the interface between limnology, paleoecology and biogeography. Diatoms are at the core of my research. Particularly, I´m interested to use species and communities as sentinels of global change, in combination with biophysical and social records to understand complex socio-ecological systems.









Anrich Kock, Aquatic ecologist


I am currently in my second year of my PhD working on the lower Phongolo River catchment. My research focus is on spatial and temporal distribution of diatoms across a hydrological plane. I also focus on the changes in the fossil diatom structure as well as the importance of flood events on the structuring of the diatom community and the interaction between primary producers and consumers. Lastly the study looks at the effects of DDT on non-targeted diatoms and the effects of increased DDT concentrations on the functionality and vitality of diatoms and the ecosystem.



Chetan Gaonkar


Biodiversity, biogeography and evolution of marine eukaryotes is my field of research. Microalgae constitute an integral part of all photic habitats on the planet. My research aims at assessing the diversity of these algae and uncovering the unknowns. High throughput sequencing (HTS) and other parallel sequencing tools allow us to uncover hidden diversity, which goes unnoticed with the classical microscopic monitoring. In order to unveil this hidden diversity using HTS, the first and foremost important thing is the availability of a taxonomically validated reference dataset. Hence, my research focuses on bridging the gap between classical taxonomy and molecular tools, which allows generating reference barcodes. A reference barcode for a species is generated by collecting, cultivating and characterizing the species of interest by means of for instance microscopy and sequencing of particular DNA marker regions, called barcodes. These barcodes can then be used to identify and assess the species diversity in the HTS metabarcoding approaches. At present, my research focuses on assessing the harmful algae diversity in aquaculture farms. My personal interest has developed towards changes in microalgal assemblages with time, where I focus my interest on how species are evolving and how anthropogenic activity have impacted on the community and ecosystem as a whole.

Mia Otto

Coming soon
If you want to volunteer and help developing the Young diatomists network that is Young ISDR, contact us!

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