Biology of the Algae Lab
EEB 3250/5250 Lab
TA: Simona Augyte
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.
Lab 1 - August 30
Field trip around campus. Collected microalgae using a plankton net from Mirror Pond.
Lab 2 - September 6
Made colorful algal beads from brown algal extracts, recipe courtesy of PSA.
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.
1st Field Trip - September 15
A great trip to Avery Point!
Lab 4 - September 20
Lab Quiz 1 and Red Algae Lab
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.
Lab 6 - October 4
Intro to green algae - Charophyta.
Lab 7 - October 11
Green algae - Chlorophyta.
Lab 8 - October 18
Lab Quiz 2. Intro to Diatoms. Start growth experiment.
Lab 9 - October 25
Continue with diatoms, take pictures of fresh material for making a poster. Collect diatoms from the greenhouse.
Lab 10 - November 1
Synurophytes, Crysophytes, Euglenophytes and Dinoflagellates.
Lab 11 - November 8
Field trip to collect freshwater lake samples. 3 taxa due for collection.
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.