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December 18th, 2002

Diatoms on TV

Sarah Spaulding appeared on the Court TV special "Digging for Clues" on December 14, 2002. The American Museum of Natural History teamed up with Court TV for a special program showing how modern scientific techniques can be used to evaluate criminal evidence. Spaulding discussed her research on the biogeographic distribution of diatoms, which are a group of single-celled algae that occur in marine and freshwater habitats. Spaulding explained the historical and ecological factors that determine the distribution of diatom species, and how understanding the distribution of diatoms is used to reconstruct modern and paleo environments.