Tag Archives: diatoms

“Royal Canadian” Diatoms from the Rideau Hall Pond in Ottawa

Museum volunteer Joe Holmes collects “Royal” diatoms from a pond on the grounds of the Governor General’s residence, Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, Ontario. Continue reading

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Hunting the Urban Diatom in Vancouver, B.C. (Part 2)

Searching for the invisible! A visit to the Vancouver, B.C., area by a museum volunteer with a passion for diatoms. Continue reading

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Hunting the Urban Diatom in Vancouver, B.C. (Part 1)

Retrace the steps of museum volunteer Joe Holmes as he collects urban diatoms in the Vancouver, B.C. area. Continue reading

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My Irish Diatom Adventure (Part 2)

Retrace the steps of museum volunteer Joe Holmes as he collects diatoms in Ireland. Continue reading

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My Irish Diatom Adventure (Part 1)

A museum volunteer with a passion for travel took advantage of a trip to Ireland to advance scientific research on diatoms. Continue reading

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Preparing Diatom Samples: Part 2

Museum volunteer Joe Holmes takes us behind the scenes in the diatom lab to show us how to prepare microscopic samples for study and preservation. Learn about the steps in making light-microscope slides and SEM discs. Continue reading

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Preparing Diatom Samples: Part 1

As a volunteer in a botany lab at the museum, Joe Holmes has done many jobs related to diatom preparation and observation. Along the way, he came to appreciate the beauty of the intricate and varied structures of these single-celled organisms. Continue reading

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A microscopic view of the Arctic

Researcher Paul Hamilton explains why you should care about the “hidden” world of Arctic algae. Continue reading

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