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How do you collect a phytoplankton sample? What kind of tools and equipment do you need? What do researchers really do? How do you make a scientific illustration of a diatom? Our spotlight section is all about answering these behind-the-scenes questions, by shining a spotlight on different areas of phytoplankton research. Click on the images below to learn more!


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Underwater Glider

thalass D5

Silicic acid deposition


Jenny sampling

Integrated sample - net tow

Corlis drawing

Scientific illustration

field scope

Phytoplankton identification

Dan taking net tow

Discrete sample


Solid Phase Adsorption Toxin Testing


Light microscopy


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