The Team

Many people from several organizations joined efforts to create the data for this site as well as design and build the web application:

Sarah Spaulding
project leader, diatom info, diatom data, interface design, diatom images, diatom photos
Rhea Esposito
diatom info, diatom data, data entry, interface design, diatom photos
David Lubinski
web and database leader, data entry, interface design, database design, web programming, map creation
Bart Van de Vijver
National Museum of Belgium
diatom data
Shannon Horn
data entry, interface design
Sara Fairchild
data entry and editing
Antonio González Peña
database and web programming assistance
Lee Stanish
data and data entry
Michael Cox
data entry, web programming
Diane McKnight
sample data, basic design
Alex Alger
U. of Michigan
diatom info, diatom images
Brenda Hall
U. of Maine
diatom data
Matt Mayernick
U. Colorado
diatom sample and slide archive
Thomas Whittaker
U. Maine
diatom data
Chi Yang
GIS data and System Admin assistance

See Copyright for use of images, data, and reccomended citation.



Whitney Gant and Thomas Nylen photographed the banner images at the top of each page. The images were extracted from 360-degree panoramas created in January 2001 (Tour of McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica).

A number of people and organizations contributed photos of lakes and streams including:

  • Arne Bomblies
  • Bert Vermillion
  • Chris Jaros
  • Josh Landis, NSF/RPS
  • Justin Joslin
  • Lee Turner
  • LTER Web site
  • Michael Gooseff
  • Pratigya J. Polissar
  • Sarah Spaulding
  • Thomas Nylen

Institutional support



McMurdo Long-Term Ecological Research

The McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER project is an interdisciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in a cold desert region of Antarctica. It is supported by the National Science Foundation. The MCM LTER project was essential to the collection and analysis of the diatom data presented on this web site and also hosts this web site.


Math-Bio Program at CU-Boulder

The Math-Bio program is an undergraduate internship program of the University of Colorado supported by the National Science Foundation through the Niwot Ridge LTER program (NWTLTER). Integrating the study of mathematical and biological concepts, students in the program participate in ongoing research projects and attend weekly lectures. The students gain valuable experience as part of a research team and learn to apply their mathmatical expertise to the natural world. The Math-bio program participants in this project were M. Cox and S. Horn.


National Science Fountation

NSF supported field research, sample processing, web site creation, and undergraduate education through a number of grants that span more than a decade. The grants include MCM-LTER science projects as well as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), and Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET).

  • OPP 9211-773, MCM-LTER, includes support for McKnight and Spaulding.
  • OPP-9810219, MCM-LTER, includes support for McKnight and Spaulding.
  • DEB-9810218, NWT-LTER, includes support for the Math-Bio Program.
  • DEB-9521882, includes PEET support for A. Alger
  • OPP-0124014, includes support for B. Hall and T. Whittaker.
  • OPP-981306, MCM-LTER, and supplemental funds, includes REU support for M. Meyernick.


Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research

INSTAAR, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the home institute for the scientists managing this web site. The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) develops scientific knowledge of natural and anthropogenic physical and biogeochemical environmental processes at local, regional and global scales, and applies this knowledge to improve society's awareness and understanding of environmental change.