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===EEB 3250/5250 Lab===
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===EEB 3250/5250 Lab, FALL 2014===
  
Thursdays 2-4:50pm <br>
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Mondays 1:25-4:25pm <br>
 
TA: Simona Augyte <br>
 
TA: Simona Augyte <br>
 
Contact: simona.augyte@uconn.edu <br>
 
Contact: simona.augyte@uconn.edu <br>
 
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[[Image:tow.JPG|thumb|right|Stephanie doing a plankton tow at Mirror Pond. Photo by S.Augyte.]]
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[[File:AP2.jpg|Field trip to Avery Point. Photo by S.Augyte.]]
  
 
'''General Info''' <br>
 
'''General Info''' <br>
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It will save you some time and stress if you read the handout before the lab. <br>
 
It will save you some time and stress if you read the handout before the lab. <br>
  
[[Image:stream.JPG|thumb|right|Matt and Taylor collecting freshwater algae from a stream on campus. Photo by S.Augyte.]]
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[[File:Mirror.jpg|thumb|right|Collecting freshwater algae from a Mirror Lake on campus. Photo by S.Augyte.]]
  
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===Lab 1 - August 25'''===
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Introduction. Field trip around campus to collect microalgae using a plankton net.<br>
  
  
===Lab 1 - August 30'''===
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===FIELD TRIP - September 6===
Field trip around campus. Collected microalgae using a plankton net from Mirror Pond.<br>
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New London low tide 1:48PM of 0.04ft.  
  
  
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===Lab 2 - September 8===
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Introduction to Brown Algae<br>
  
===Lab 2 - September 6===
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Brown Algae<br>
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===Lab 3 - September 15===
Made colorful algal beads from brown algal extracts, recipe courtesy of PSA.
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More browns! Identified sporangia from fresh sorus tissue of various kelps, looked at life cycles and key features of various genera.
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Also made colorful algal beads from sodium alginate (a brown algal extract), recipe courtesy of PSA.
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[[Image:SteveAmy.JPG|thumb|right|Steve and Amy adding color to the sodium alginate mix. Photo by S.Augyte.]]
 
[[Image:SteveAmy.JPG|thumb|right|Steve and Amy adding color to the sodium alginate mix. Photo by S.Augyte.]]
 
[[Image:JASJ.JPG|thumb|right|Jacqueline, Amy, Silvana, and Jennifer adding colorful beads to calcium chloride. Photo by S. Augyte.]]
 
[[Image:JASJ.JPG|thumb|right|Jacqueline, Amy, Silvana, and Jennifer adding colorful beads to calcium chloride. Photo by S. Augyte.]]
 
[[Image:beads.JPG|thumb|right|Final product - colorful algal beads. Photo by S. Augyte.]]
 
[[Image:beads.JPG|thumb|right|Final product - colorful algal beads. Photo by S. Augyte.]]
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===Lab 3 - September 13===
 
===Lab 3 - September 13===
 
Brown Algae. We will be using the handouts from last time. Don't forget to bring them to lab. This lab may not be as busy as the previous one, but take this as an opportunity to look at the specimens and slides again if you need to.<br>
 
Brown Algae. We will be using the handouts from last time. Don't forget to bring them to lab. This lab may not be as busy as the previous one, but take this as an opportunity to look at the specimens and slides again if you need to.<br>
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[[Image:fieldtrip5.jpg|thumb|right|A very small <i>Ceramium</i> collected at Avery Point, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by P. Lewis.]]
 
[[Image:fieldtrip5.jpg|thumb|right|A very small <i>Ceramium</i> collected at Avery Point, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by P. Lewis.]]
  
  
 
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===1st Field Trip - September 15===
 
===1st Field Trip - September 15===
 
A great trip to Avery Point!  <br>
 
A great trip to Avery Point!  <br>
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[[Image:fieldtrip2.jpg|thumb|right|Hard at work pressing algae, Avery Point, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by P. Lewis.]]
 
[[Image:fieldtrip2.jpg|thumb|right|Hard at work pressing algae, Avery Point, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by P. Lewis.]]
 
  
 
===Lab 4 - September 20===
 
===Lab 4 - September 20===
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===Lab 5 - September 27===
 
===Lab 5 - September 27===
 
Red Algae II. Students got to sample home-made "jello" from extracts of a red alga, topped with whipped cream made with carrageenan courtesy of Dr. Lewis. <br>  
 
Red Algae II. Students got to sample home-made "jello" from extracts of a red alga, topped with whipped cream made with carrageenan courtesy of Dr. Lewis. <br>  
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[[Image:jello.jpg|thumb|right|Algal jello, Sept. 27, 2012. Photo by Daniel Cole.]]
 
[[Image:jello.jpg|thumb|right|Algal jello, Sept. 27, 2012. Photo by Daniel Cole.]]
  
 
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===Lab 6 - October 4===  
 
===Lab 6 - October 4===  
 
Intro to green algae - Charophyta. <br>
 
Intro to green algae - Charophyta. <br>
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===Lab 7 - October 11===
 
===Lab 7 - October 11===
Green algae - Chlorophyta.
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Green algae - Chlorophyta.  
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[[Image:codium.jpg|thumb|right|Coenocytic green - dead man's fingers. Photo by S.Augyte.]]<br>
 
[[Image:codium.jpg|thumb|right|Coenocytic green - dead man's fingers. Photo by S.Augyte.]]<br>
  
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===Lab 8 - October 18===
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Lab Quiz 2. Intro to Diatoms. Start growth experiment. <br>
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===Lab 9 - October 25===
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Continue with diatoms, take pictures of fresh material for making a poster. Collect diatoms from the greenhouse. <br>
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===Lab 10 - November 1===
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Synurophytes, Crysophytes, Euglenophytes and Dinoflagellates. <br>
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===Lab 11 - November 8===
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Cyanobacteria. Harvest growth experiment. 3 taxa due for collection.
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[[Image:fieldt1.jpg|thumb|right|Dr. Lewis found a filamentous green. Photo by S.Augyte.]]
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[[Image:fieldt2.jpg|thumb|right|Reflection of Bone Mill Pond. Photo by S.Augyte.]]
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[[Image:fieldt3.jpg|thumb|right|Angela taking a plankton tow at Pine Lake. Photo by S.Augyte.]] <br>
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===Lab 12 - November 15===
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Field trip to collect freshwater lake samples from Pine Lake, Coventry Lake, Bone Mill Pond. <br>
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===Lab 13 - November 29===
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Growth Experiment write up due. Work on collection. <br>
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===Links===
 
===Links===

Latest revision as of 16:52, 16 September 2014

Oxygen bubbles, green algae, and a snail.

Contents

EEB 3250/5250 Lab, FALL 2014

Mondays 1:25-4:25pm
TA: Simona Augyte
Contact: simona.augyte@uconn.edu

Field trip to Avery Point. Photo by S.Augyte.

General Info
The labs will follow the syllabus outlined on the Biology of the Algae HuskyCT site. Lab handouts will be posted there 1-2 weeks ahead of the lab. It will save you some time and stress if you read the handout before the lab.

Collecting freshwater algae from a Mirror Lake on campus. Photo by S.Augyte.

Lab 1 - August 25

Introduction. Field trip around campus to collect microalgae using a plankton net.


FIELD TRIP - September 6

New London low tide 1:48PM of 0.04ft.


Lab 2 - September 8

Introduction to Brown Algae


Lab 3 - September 15

More browns! Identified sporangia from fresh sorus tissue of various kelps, looked at life cycles and key features of various genera. Also made colorful algal beads from sodium alginate (a brown algal extract), recipe courtesy of PSA.


A very small Ceramium collected at Avery Point, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by P. Lewis.


Hard at work pressing algae, Avery Point, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by P. Lewis.

Lab 4 - September 20

Lab Quiz 1 and Red Algae Lab



Algal jello, Sept. 27, 2012. Photo by Daniel Cole.
Coenocytic green - dead man's fingers. Photo by S.Augyte.


Dr. Lewis found a filamentous green. Photo by S.Augyte.
Reflection of Bone Mill Pond. Photo by S.Augyte.
Angela taking a plankton tow at Pine Lake. Photo by S.Augyte.


Links

If you know what organism you are looking for, you will likely find it here. No pictures though.
Some info on macroscopic marine algae.
Here you can find information on some of the morphologically most impressive algae - diatoms and desmids.
More about desmids here.

  • Virtual Phycology Collection at the George Stafford Torrey Herbarium, University of Connecticut. This contains over 800 images of pressed, dried algae on herbarium sheets.
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