- Project Description:
- The Freshwater Ecology Laboratory at Connecticut College
is developing an interactive, web-based, computerized identification
key for freshwater algal genera using Lucid Professional software.
Our key is designed to be used with algal cultures from the Carolina
Biological Supply Company (or other supply companies such as
Connecticut Valley Biological Supply or WARD's Natural Science).
Users may answer questions in any order to quickly and efficiently
narrow down a list of taxa to only those that match the characteristics
they have chosen. All characters and terms are clearly explained
for ease of use by those unfamiliar with the algae. This non-hierarchical,
user-friendly key will be linked to web pages containing a wealth
of resources, including images, movies, and information about
the morphology, ecology, and reproduction of each organism. The
movies incorporate titles, diagrams, and structural terminology
to further familarize students with the morphology and taxonomy
of the algal groups and genera.
- This brief survey will help us to learn about the instructors
that would utilize our key and the courses in which it would
be used, as well as the availability of facilities and equipment.
We will use this information to better develop a useful alternative
to traditional dichotomous keys that would be particularly appropriate
for introducing students to the algal groups and genera.
- If you are an instructor for a course dealing
with the algae, we would greatly appreciate it if you would kindly
fill out the attached survey. Feel free to pass this information
along to any colleagues you think may be able to help. Please
contact Anne Lizarralde (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
We thank you in advance for your time, and greatly appreciate
- Follow the link below to complete the survey.
After you have finished, click the "submit" button.
- If the "submit" button disappears,
your survey has been sent.
- We also invite you to explore the genera
web pages and movies that will be linked to the key,
- and the SilicaSecchiDisk website exhibiting
the research efforts of the Freshwater Ecology Lab.