Dear algae folk,
I received the following request from Sarah Wilson at the American Museum
of Natural History in New York about preserving green algae for an exhibit.
I told her about some rather large Ulva sheets I've seen which can be
dramatic, about Codium and the tropical greens (many coralline). If any one
has any ideas either send them to her directly or to me and I will forward
Here is a summary of what I'm trying to track down in
terms of green algae for an upcoming biodiversity exhibit at the American
Museum of Natural History in New York scheduled to open the spring of 1998.
As part of this exhibit, we will display four (4) 1/2 gallon
jars of green algae (one species per jar) hoping to demonstrate
morphological diversity in the group. The problems are: how can these
specimens be preserved (i.e. what specific combination of chemicals), what
species would maintain form/color? over time without evolving into a
mush-like consistency, and where we could obtain specimens? We're assuming
that tropical green algae will probably look the most interesting and maybe
have enough structure to maintain its' form over time. But then there is
question of how big these tropical specimens are individually. Are there
any tropical spectacular-looking algae which individually grow more in the
range of 4" tall vs. 1-2" tall?
I'm hoping that you might have some ideas about the questions I've raised
or be able to direct me to other sources. Ideally, we're hoping to hook up
with someone who might be doing some collecting within the next six months
and be able to collect some specimens for us.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
American Museum of Natural History
ph. (212) 769-5687
fax (212) 769-5426
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Susan Carty, Chair
Department of Biology
Tiffin, OH 44883
(419) 448 2044
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