Sarka Martinez Curator

Joined: Oct 06, 2014 Last Active: Dec 14, 2018

I am a naturalist who devotes time to NOAA in sampling and identifying phytoplankton species that cause harmful algae blooms. I also document other species of plankton to supply data to other research projects.

My work has occurred on both the coasts of Northern Florida and the Pacific Northwest. I love doing research, especially observing life under a microscope!

Originally, I used this site to help document biodiversity found on the northeast coast of Florida. This was one of the projects driven by the Whitney Marine Laboratory. iNaturalist is a fantastic platform - I love it.

Here is a catalog of a wide assortment of books to help identify observations. Please check out my Goodreads bookshelf:

Online PDFs are:

"Photographic Identification Guide to Some Common Marine Invertebrates...”

"Identifying Marine Diatoms and Dinoflagellates"

"Identifying Harmful Marine Dinoflagellates":

"Observations of Diatoms on the Coast of the State of Washington"

"Algae of Northwest Washington Lakes"

"High Sea Drifters, a guide to marine plankton"

"Phytoplankton Identification Catalog"

"Implementing an Ambient Phytoplankton Monitoring Program in Puget Sound Central Basin"

"Marine Plankton Diatoms of the West Coast of North America"

"A Student's Guide to Common Phytoplankton of Long Island Sound"

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