Diatom of the Month Series
“The “Diatom of the Month” project is a monthly series of blog posts on diatoms, precious primary producers, and invaluable indicators of environmental change at different spatial and temporal scales.The aims are:
1) to create a new channel of simplified and rapid communication among taxonomists, biologists, ecologists about, e.g. new discoveries;
2) to raise awareness about the importance of diatoms among a broad audience, including students of different disciplines, policy makers, and the general public.
This blog series was started in November 2015 by Dr. Luca Marazzi, Postdoctoral Associate in Evelyn Gaiser’s lab at Florida International University, as part of the outreach initiative of the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program, and thus hosted on the FCE LTER “Wading through research” graduate student blog. Twenty-two posts have been published on that outlet, while you can find the last one and the upcoming posts right here on the Young Diatomists blog.
The idea is to widely share the “Diatom of the Month” posts to enhance communication about diatom biology, taxonomy, ecology, diatom art, and so on to increase global awareness about these important and beautiful algae. Contributions and ideas that fulfill the aims stated above can be sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blog posts targeted to specialists can be submitted and published, but ideally, most articles/features would appeal to a much broader audience, including people who may have never heard of diatoms before. Each blog post is usually ~500-800 words, contains a few pictures/figures, and a few references and hyperlinks to interesting additional information and sources.
Please help us spread the word in your networks and on social media!
The list below contains the blog posts of the "Diatom of the Month":
- September 2017 - Rhabdonema adriaticum written by Shelly Wu
- October 2017 - Lindavia comensis complex written by Elizabeth Alexson
- November 2017 - The Digitized Diatom New Taxon File (DNTF) of the Academy of Natural Sciences written by Alison Minerovic
- February 2018 - Aulacoseira baicalensis written by Sarah Roberts
- March 2018 - Afrocymbella barkeri by Heather Moorhouse
- May 2018 - Coscinodiscus granii by Johannes W. Goessling
- June 2018 - Achnanthes felinophila by Rex Lowe
- July 2018 - Ecological uniqueness by Annika Vilmi
- August 2018 - Diatoms and Okavango River by Mia Otto
- September 2018 - Diatoms at aquatic ecology conferences by Annika Vilmi, Luca Marazzi and Xavier Benito
- October 2018 - Discostella stelligera by Antonia Law
- November 2018 - Diatoms of North America by Luca Marazzi, Xavier Benito, Sylvia Lee and Sarah Spaulding
- December 2018 - Pantocsekiella ocellata complex by Melina Feitl
- January 2019 - Chaetocerotaceae by Chetan Chandrakant Gaonkar
- February 2019 - Diatoms (and biomonitoring) in dwingling rivers by Andrea Burfeid Castellanos