American Non-Marine Ostracode Database Project began at the U.S.
Geological Survey in response to the
growing need to develop continental scale datasets of environmentally
climatically sensitive bio-indicators, such as ostracodes.
are microscopic crustaceans that live in a wide variety of aquatic
including lakes, streams, wetlands, springs, aquifers, and the
ocean. Their calcite shells are useful
as sources of geochemical information (oxygen, carbon, and strontium
trace metals and heavy metals) and their specific habitat requirements
them good bio-indicators. This
project, which focuses on nonmarine ostracodes in North America (version 1 is primarily the contiguous 48
states of the U.S.A.), has
received funding from the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science
Foundation, and Kent State University.
NANODe Version 1