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.
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.
USA Science & Engineering Festival (2012)
PSA was an official partner for the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival that was held in the greater Washington DC area on April 2012. Attendees explored 2,000 free, hands-on, science & engineering activities and over 100 stage shows and author presentations. The two-day expo was a perfect opportunity for teens, children and their families, to meet science celebrities, award-winning science authors and Nobel Prize winners from the past and present. For more information, visit usasciencefestival.org.
Please see the following webpages for information about how make multicolored alginate gel beads and the downloadable PSA Bookmarks.
The festival DVD is undergoing final editing in June 2012 and will be available for order soon. Please check back in a few weeks for more information on how to order it.
PSA Education Workshop Report
Algae and the Broader Impacts of Science by Gisele Muller-Parker and Rich Triemer, July 8, 2006 Juneau, Alaska. Download Report (PDF)
- Use of Algae to Determine Water Quality (PDF)
- The Effects of Nutrients on a Mini-Pond Ecosystem (PDF)
- Bridge, the Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Education Center
- Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Education Programs
- Hunt for reprints
- Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences (for undergraduate educational resources, organized by biological discipline and posted by professional societies)
- Natural Selection portal to evaluated web resources from The Natural History Museum, London
- Natural Selection is part of the BIOME integrated Internet gateways to health and life sciences
- Rutger University's COOL classroom
Videos & DVDs For Sale
- The Kingdom Protista: The Dazzling World of Living Cells (DVD)
- Diatoms (Video or DVD)
- Living Cells (Video or Videodisc)
- Microscopic life (Video)
- Reproduction in Red Algae (Video or DVD)
- Oedogoniales (DVD)
- Cellular Evolution in the Green Algae (Videodisc)
- Mitosis (VIdeo)
- The Biology of Algae
- World Seaweed Resources
Videos on the Web
- Coral reef (video clips for educational use)
- Coral reef algae
- Tonicella on crustose corallines
- University of South Florida's Project Oceanography
- Antarctic Algal "Forests"
Databases of Photographs
Life History Animations on the Web
- Gonyaulax, dinoflagellate life history
- Macrocystis, giant kelp life history
- Postelsia, sea palm life history
- Cystoseira, fucalean life history
- 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.