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Rhythm of Life

Science: Alejandro Alvarado, Annika Guse, Aaron Straight, Steffen Lemke, Assistance: Benedikt Atakul, Renata Baybekova, Juliana losif, Jacqueline Joosten, Andreas Remmel, David Quinche, Data science: Nadine Homeyer, Photography: FabianGasperl, the scientists

Text Planet Earth is mostly water, yet the majority of marine life is unexplored. Marine plankton — the sum of floating organisms, including viruses, archaea, bacteria, algae, and protozoa in the oceans — play a vital role in the planet's health.

Yet, scientists still do not understand them very well. Plankton helps to maintain 30 to 50 percent of the world's carbon dioxide and is the basis for the global food chain. The planktonic organisms vary vastly in shapes, colours, and movements when traversing the oceans. Understanding plankton is key to understanding how our planet functions and will reveal important biological principles about how life evolved.

The biologists participating in ivamos, symbiosis! aimed to develop high quality visual exploration and documentation of the plankton found around Águilas. We used plankton nets to sample plankton of different sizes and at different depths.

We brought the samples to shore and analysed them by microscopy. We used a classical stereoscope with a manual camera as well as two low cost, open source microscopic platform including the CellScope ( developed at UC Berkeley and the PlanktoScope ( invented at Stanford University, both of which are easy to use in the field, to observe and document the diversity of life we found. Read more

Connected to this content About Alejandro Alvarado Symbiosis Studio Research in Águilas 2022

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