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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!

Imaging FlowCytobot

thalass D5

Silicic Acid Deposition


Solid Phase Adsorption Toxin Testing

glider home

Underwater Glider

field scope

Phytoplankton Identification


Light Microscopy

Jenny sampling

Integrated Sample - Net Tow

Dan taking net tow

Discrete Sample

Corlis drawing

Scientific Illustration