Freshwater Algae Identification - 2019
A Field Course at Fordham University
June 13 through June 27, 2019
Our course focuses on algal identification, with a strong emphasis on the ecology and diversity of algae in freshwater habitats, and introduces the use of algae to assess water quality.
We will sample pristine streams for benthic periphyton, softwater lakes for charophytes, and eutrophic systems in which we will see spectacular cyanobacteria blooms.
We are located in Westchester County NY. The station has a spring-fed lake and is short distance from a diverse range of aquatic habitats. We have an excellent library of taxonomic keys, facilities for imaging specimens, boats and a wide array of field and laboratory gear for collecting and quantifying freshwater phytoplankton and periphyton.
Housing on site will be available on a first-come first-served basis, and can be requested at application
What we will do this year!
Gain proficiency using modern taxonomic keys.
Learn the features that distinguish the freshwater algal phyla and genera, and gain familiarity with the diagnostic features that are used to identify members of the major groups.
Create a database and contribute to our website of high-resolution algal images and voucher specimens that can be used in future studies. See
Algae Bio-Blitz: a 24-hour hunt to find the most biodiversity!
Costs and Registration
• Registration Fee: $1,800. Cost includes on-site housing (limited number). Meals not provided
• Transportation costs to and from the Calder Center are not included.
Register at: www.fordham.edu/FWalgaeID