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FlowCam for climate studies at University of Maine

In March, Heather Wright – a member of our technical support team – conducted FlowCam training at the University of Maine, Orono (UMO) for a team of researchers including Dr. Jasmine Saros and Dr. Andrei Kurbatov. Both Kurbatov and Saros work at the Sawyer Environmental Chemistry Center and conduct research to identify climatic change.

When preparing for trainings, our technical team always discusses the end-user application objectives. We also emphasize the importance of having your field or experimental samples on hand during the training. On this recent training at UMO, we worked with samples ranging from 50 year old pollen grains, preserved phytoplankton and microzooplankton, and tephra particles from volcanic ash that was trapped inside ice cores.

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Topics: Freshwater Research, News and Events, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

Copepod as seen in video mode on a FlowCam

On a recent visit to the Coastal School for Girls in Freeport, Maine for a classroom demonstration of the FlowCam, we captuted this video. This feisty little copepod is roughly 500µm in size. The FlowCam was operating in video mode at the time.

 

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Topics: Marine Research, Freshwater Research, Aquatic Research

LSU Plankton Laboratory uses dynamic imaging to study microscopic life

The commercial crawfish ponds that line the highways of Roberts Cove, Louisiana, are very busy this time of year. These waters are teeming with plankton that can’t be seen with the naked eye. The Plankton Laboratory at Louisiana State University (LSU), uses dynamic imaging particle analysis to study the microscopic life in these ponds. 

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Topics: Freshwater Research, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

Local Presentation | Unseen but Everywhere: Plankton & Particles!

We wanted you to know that Friends of Merrymeeting Bay continues its 18th annual Winter Speaker Series with Unseen but Everywhere: Plankton & Particles!  featuring our own Harry Nelson and Heather Anne Wright. The presentation is May 13th, 7:00pm at Bowdoinham Town Offices. The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there. Click here for more information.

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Topics: Freshwater Research, News and Events

Dynamic Imaging Used for Cyanobacteria Identification in California

The California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network hosts monthly webinars, and the topic for June's presentation was "Application of Imaging Particle Analysis in California Environmental Monitoring" presented by Dr. Peggy Lehman. The presentation explains the benefits of using a FlowCAM dynamic imaging particle analysis system for microscopic algae identification, especially with regard to the use of the instrument to study the problem freshwater cyanobacteria, Microcystis, in the San Francisco Bay Estuary.

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Topics: Freshwater Research, Harmful Algal Blooms, Aquatic Research

Customer Profile: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

FlowCAM®-ing the Microscopic Flora of the Amazon River Plume
Submitted by: Joaquim Goes, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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Topics: Marine Research, Freshwater Research, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

University of South Florida, College of Marine Science

Teaching and Research Applications of FlowCAM® in Marine and Riverine Waters of the Tropics and Subtropics

Submitted by: John H Paul, Ph.D.,College of Marine Science, University of South Florida

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Topics: Marine Research, Freshwater Research, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research

Colby College Environmental Studies

Colby College Environmental Studies

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INSTAAR, University of Colorado

Investigation of diatoms: population dynamics and life cycles using the FlowCAM®
Submitted by: Sarah Spaulding , INSTAAR, University of Colorado

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Topics: Marine Research, Freshwater Research, User Spotlight, Aquatic Research