Sarka Martinez Curator

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 occurs 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:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/55408031-forest-chick?per_page=100&shelf=inaturalist&utf8=

Online PDFs are:

"Photographic Identification Guide to Some Common Marine Invertebrates"
http://caribjsci.org/dec05%20Special%20issue/41_638-707.pdf

"Identifying Marine Diatoms and Dinoflagellates"
https://www.researchgate.net/file.PostFileLoader.html?id=5543575cf079ed77408b4582&assetKey=AS%3A273768600014849%401442282928872

"Identifying Harmful Marine Dinoflagellates":
https://core.ac.uk/download/files/180/4511090.pdf

"Observations of Diatoms on the Coast of the State of Washington"
http://tupa.gtk.fi/julkaisu/tutkimusraportti/tr_075.pdf

"Algae of Northwest Washington Lakes"
http://diatom.huxley.wwu.edu/algae_books

"High Sea Drifters, a guide to marine plankton"
http://accs.uaa.alaska.edu/files/kachemak-bay/marinephytoplanktonkachemakbay_studentguide.pdf

"Phytoplankton Identification Catalog"
http://globallast.imo.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Mono7.pdf

"Implementing an Ambient Phytoplankton Monitoring Program in Puget Sound Central Basin"
http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/water-and-land/science/seminars/October-2009/Implementing-an-Ambient-Phytoplankton-Monitoring-Program-in-Puget-Sound-Central-Basin.pdf

"Marine Plankton Diatoms of the West Coast of North America"
http://escholarship.org/uc/item/922945w8.pdf

"A Student's Guide to Common Phytoplankton of Long Island Sound"
http://www.nfwf.org/finalreports1/1401.10.023622_Phytoplankton_Guide.pdf

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