Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms. Cr. 4
Mark Edlund, St. Croix Watershed Research Station, Science Museum of Minnesota, and Sarah Spaulding, US Geological Survey and Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado
UI: 00L:117 undergraduate
UI: 00L:217 graduate
ISU: IA LL 580I
Drake: LLAB 163
This course is an intensive, field-oriented class appropriate for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and post graduate workers in ecology, geology, environmental sciences, and diatom taxonomy. We will immerse ourselves in the diverse aquatic habitats and fossil deposits of the Upper Midwest to observe freshwater diatoms. Students will learn techniques in diatom collection, preparation, and identification. Lectures will cover taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of most freshwater genera. Students will complete individual voucher collections using modern database techniques and produce a written species treatment using guidelines for electronic publication. Students are encouraged to bring research materials. The use of diatoms in ecological and paleoecological research will be discussed. Class size is limited to ten students and early enrollment is encouraged. Meets May 21 to June 15, 2012. Prerequisite: two semesters of introductory biology or geology and consent of the instructor.
There is a $130 fee for laboratory supplies and a $60 fee for field trips.
Scholarships are available through Iowa Lakeside Lab including the John C. Kingston Diatom Fellowship, which supports a teaching assistant in the course, and the Charles W. Reimer Scholarship, available to one student each year.
The Hannah T. Croasdale Fellowship is available through the Phycological Society of America (deadline March 1): www.psaalgae.org/website/opportunities/grants/croasdale.html
USA REGISTRATION AND CONTACTS:
Registration: University of Iowa at http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/lakesidelab/
Instructor: Mark Edlund at firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor: Sarah Spaulding at email@example.com