Biology of the Algae Lab

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Oxygen bubbles, green algae, and a snail.

EEB 3250/5250 Lab, FALL 2014

Mondays 1:25-4:25pm
TA: Simona Augyte

Stephanie doing a plankton tow at Mirror Pond. 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.

Matt and Taylor collecting freshwater algae from a stream 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 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.

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

1st Field Trip - September 15

A great trip to Avery Point!

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

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.

Algal jello, Sept. 27, 2012. Photo by Daniel Cole.

Lab 6 - October 4

Intro to green algae - Charophyta.

Lab 7 - October 11

Green algae - Chlorophyta.

Coenocytic green - dead man's fingers. Photo by S.Augyte.

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

Cyanobacteria. Harvest growth experiment. 3 taxa due for collection.

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.

Lab 12 - November 15

Field trip to collect freshwater lake samples from Pine Lake, Coventry Lake, Bone Mill Pond.

Lab 13 - November 29

Growth Experiment write up due. Work on 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.