Educational Materials

The PSA Education Committee is dedicated to promote and improve teaching and research in phycology through such activities as seminars, conferences, workshops, and production of educational materials, such as films and electronic media items; and recommend contracts to the Executive Committee for approval.

Video on macroalgae

This video was developed at the Bishop Museum as part of the NSF funded Macroalgal Herbarium Digitization Project

Porphyra Identification Material

Check here the lesson "Identification for North Atlantic Porphyra sensu lato at the genus and species levels using restriction enzymes" by Klein et al.

Downloadable PSA Bookmarks

Bookmarks Information

ALGAE-L Listserve

This ALGAE-L listserve provides a venue for discussions on algae, information on phycological activities, and announcements. Visit Michael Guiry's Seaweed Site to subscribe to the list

Archives of past ALGAE-L messages

Making Multicoloured Alginate Beads

Alginate Gel Beads Information

Curriculum Ideas

Videos & DVDs For Sale

Videos on the Web

Databases of Photographs

PSA Education Workshop Report (2006)

Algae and the Broader Impacts of Science by Gisele Muller-Parker and Rich Triemer, July 8, 2006 Juneau, Alaska. Download Report (PDF)

Research Tools

  • ARS-Medi is a free program developed by T.J. Evens and Randy Niedz. ARS-Media utilizes a linear programming (LP) optimization algorithm to determine the combination of salts, acids and bases that satisfies any given target solution of ions. This allows researchers to construct experimental designs that use ions, as opposed to salts, as independent factors. Download the free program.
  • Diatoms of the United States: Diatom identification guide & ecological resource for water resource managers, ecologists, taxonomists, analysts, systematists, students, and the public. By early 2011, the site will include more than 100 species pages, reaching over 200 pages by April 2011. In 2011, we will continue to fund expert contributors to include the most dominant diatom species (and species that are easily confused with them). Detailed images of genera, as well as the number of genera is also expanding.
  • Euglenoid project: The purpose of the Euglenoid website is to provide a research and teaching resource for students, teachers and researchers interested in the group of protists commonly known as, the euglenoids. The general features of the group and examples of cellular organization are provided. The classification systems used to separate these protists into definable groups are shown along with interactive keys which can be used to identify organisms to genus or species.


  • Keys to the Seaweeds and Seagrasses of Southeast Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon by P.W. Gabrielson, T.B. Widdowson & S.C. Lindstom. Phycological Contribution #7. PhycoID. July, 2006. This publication is a revision of the "Keys to the Benthic Marine Algae and Seagrasses of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska, Washington and Oregon" (Gabrielson et al. 2000). As was true in the previous edition, there have been name changes to many of the common seaweed genera and species found along the shores covered by this publication, e.g. Ulva in the green algae, Laminaria in the brown algae and Mazzaella in the red algae. Major changes in this new edition are: 1) significant revision of many of the species keys, especially in the green and red algae, and 2) the updating of names of all taxa as of May, 2006. Download order form.


Contact Phycological Society of America Education Committee Chair Robin Kodner or the Webmaster with your suggestions.