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Diatom Laboratory

What are diatoms?

Diatoms are single-celled algae

Diatoms are algae that live in houses made of glass. They are the only organism on the planet with cell walls composed of transparent, opaline silica. Diatom cell walls are ornamented by intricate and striking patterns of silica.

Image of Tetracyclus hinzii taken by a scanning electron microscope.


What do we do at the INSTAAR Diatom Laboratory?

Our work is directed toward understanding diatom biology, developing consistent approaches for aquatic assessment and the ecological roles of diatoms. We take our research and our fun seriously! See the Research tab for descriptions of our current projects.

Clowning with a USGS field crew.
At "OLDSTAAR" the previous home of INSTAAR in RL-1, students learn from one another.
Our lab in the SEEC building, with an ideal space for algal research.
The lab in the SEEC building needed to have art! Here, Rhea Esposito, Ian Bishop and Paul Bliznik make the Diatoms of the US logo a reality.
The lab takes a hike to Eldorado Canyon!

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Contact Information

(Phone) 303 492-5361