Oceanography – Planktonic Organisms 

Oceanography – Planktonic Organisms

Planktonic organisms are the drifters; the free floaters within the aquatic domain – but they are so important because they form the basis of the food chain. Today, our Aquatic Microbiologists studied a tiny crustacean called Daphnia, aka “water flea”.  They turned camera phones into microscopes using a tiny lens that sticks to the camera aperture!! Using this tool, they could take pictures and videos while they studied Daphnia physiology. Tomorrow they will use this baseline data as a way to compare how the Daphnia respond to certain environmental cues, such as temperature. 

Ask your camper: How did you like using the “Micro-Phone Lens”?

Aurora Program Pictures

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O’Fallon Program Pictures

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