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 one of the editorial members (see below).
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!
DOM Editorial committee:
Luca Marazzi (lmarazzi[at]fiu.edu)
Sylvia Lee (sylvlee3[at]gmail.com)
Annika Vilmi (annika.vilmi[at]outlook.com)
Nicholas Schulte (nicholas.schulte[at]colorado.edu)
Xavier Benito (xavier.benito.granell[at]gmail.com)
The list below contains the blog posts of the "Diatom of the Month":
- January 2019 - Chaetocerotaceae by Chetan Chandrakant Gaonkar
- February 2019 - Diatoms (and biomonitoring) in dwingling rivers by Andrea Burfeid Castellanos
- March 2019 - The hidden diversity of small-sized araphid diatoms by ChunLian Li
- April 2019 - Public (Un)awareness of Diatoms by Shelly Wu
- May 2019 - Isolating Haslea: the blue diatom by Anusuya Willis
DOM Archives (2017 and 2018 posts)