North American Diatom Symposium

NADS 2015 Meeting: September 9-13

Welcome to the the North American Diatom Symposium (NADS) website. NADS is a biennial meeting normally held at field stations throughout the United States and Canada.

The meeting was first held in 1970 at Cedar Creek in Minnesota. Since that date, the gathering has been hosted at field stations in Florida, Colorado, Manitoba, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. NADS usually attracts 100-120 diatomists from North America and around the world. The meeting provides a student friendly atmosphere, ample opportunities to network and socialize, the ever-popular scum run, local field collecting trips, and lively auction of diatom related valuables. NADS is an informal society, that is, there are no formal officers or structure.

This meeting provides the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and talk to some of the foremost diatom researchers in a beautiful, natural setting, offered by the field station atmosphere that has become a tradition at the symposium.

The 23nd NADS will be held from 9-13 September 2015 at the Central Michigan University Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan, 32 miles west of Charlevoix, Michigan. The 58 square mile island is the largest of 14 in the archipelago. The town of St. James, Michigan is located 5 miles north of CMUBS and is typical of any small northern Michigan town with 500 year round residents and more than 2000 summer residents. Beaver Island is accessed by ferry or airplane; there are two air services that fly on the hour depending on time of year. CMUBS vans will shuttle arrivals and departures for those that will not bring their car on the ferry (this is recommended). International participants will present work on all aspects of diatom investigations including biodiversity, evolution, ecology, systematics, biological assessment, paleolimnology, and nanotechnology. In addition to the scientific program, the meeting will include traditional NADS activities (the Scum Run and auction). We hope you can join us in Michigan for an exciting meeting!


2015 Organizing Committee

Hunter Carrick
Mariena Hurley
Student Assistant
Kimberly Carrick
Student Assistant
Shayna Taylor
Student Assistant
Emon Butts
Student Assistant
Kristy Phillips
Student Assistant
Gary Michaud
Student Assistant
Melissa Schlict
John Gordon
Sarah Hamsher


Please contact the Hunter Carrick if you are interested in helping with NADS 2015!


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