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

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.

Lab 4 - September 22

Quiz 1. Explore red algal diversity.

Lab 5 - September 29

More Red Algae! Tour of Biology collections facility.

FIELD TRIP Saturday, October 4th - to Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Lab 6 - October 6

Macroalgal collections due.

Lab 7 - October 13

Quiz 7. Green algae.

Lab 8 - October 20

More green algae. Student presentations on algae in the news.

Lab 9 - October 27

Quiz 3. Introduction to diatom diversity.

Lab 10 - November 1

Diatoms. Field trip to Eagleville Dam and Coventry Lake.

Lab 11 - November 10

Quiz 4. Cyanobacterial ecology and diversity.

===Lab 12 - November 17===

Quiz 5. Work on micro and macroalgal collections.

Lab 11 - December 1

Full collections due. Wrap up of the semester.

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

Lab 5 - September 22

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.


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.