Rhithron’s phycologists provide identifications of both diatoms and non-diatom algae, including periphyton and phytoplankton. The periphyton laboratory is equipped with research-grade compound microscopes inverted microscopes. Rhithron’s archives support the University of Montana Herbarium. Our diatom laboratory is one of only 2 in North America that is able to provide microwave sample digestion, which promotes the accuracy of identifications by producing the highest quality sample preparations.
Our phycology team comprises 3 scientists, enabling us to provide internal quality assurance on diatom and algal identifications.
Our team has over 51 years of combined experience in algal taxonomy and ecology.