Category Archives: Archives and collections

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The beauty of (snowflakes) microscopic algae

Ah, the snowflake: symbol of short winter days, crisp frosty mornings, Carol singing under the stars and the Christmas season… However, this is not a snowflake: Hilda Canter-Lund, Bicosoeca, 1995, Freshwater Biological Association, http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/fbaia:3216   It is a photograph of the mass development of the flagellate protozoan Bicosoeca on Asterionella. Astrionella is a genus of

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A Classification of Coleoptera in 3D

The Freshwater Biological Association has a long history of publishing identification keys. Its first Scientific Publication, A Key to the British Species of Corixidae (Hemiptera-Heteroptera) with Notes on their Distribution, was published in 1939 by FBA entomologist Thomas T. Macan (1910-1985). Macan worked at the FBA throughout his distinguished career from 1935 to 1976, focusing

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Collecting on the move: T.T. Macan’s on-board ship collection (1933-34)

Thomas T. Macan (1910-1985) had a distinguished career as an entomologist, focusing on aquatic insects, which he studied for most of his life at the Freshwater Biological Association. Yet, before joining the FBA at Wray Castle on Windermere in 1935, Macan’s first job was in marine, not freshwater biology, when he joined the 1933-34 John

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Water samples from Lake Titicaca taken in 1937 from the FBA unpublished collections.

Opening up historic samples from the FBA collections

Allan Pentecost, Honorary Research Fellow and course tutor at FBA Windermere, recently investigated a historic sample brought to life when several large wooden crates of bottles were relocated to avoid risk of flooding. The bottles, numbering around 180, contain historic water samples from the Percy Sladen Trust Expedition to Lake Titicaca undertaken in 1937. Allan

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