Just a short post to point you all towards an article I wrote for Royal Society of Biology’s magazine The Biologist. It is a broad overview of the reasons why we use algae to assess the condition of our lakes and rivers in Europe and is illustrated with three of Chris Carter’s beautiful images, and the print edition will have even more of these. Take the figure legends with a pinch of salt (we didn’t write these!): neither Tolypella nor Chaetophora are particularly common in the UK. Navicula, on the other hand, is common but the legend makes no mention of this.
Whilst I have your attention, I will also point you towards a short article that I wrote for the most recent Phycological Bulletin, the newsletter of the Phycological Society of America. This offers a few more hints to anyone thinking about entering the Hilda Canter-Lund competition next year.