‘Scoping some surfgrass

Not too long ago, my classmates and I had the opportunity to participate in a rocky intertidal monitoring project with LiMPETS at Carmel Point, CA. LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students) is an environmental monitoring and education program seeking to increase stewardship of and monitor California’s coastal communities. A core component of LiMPETS is…

Albatross bolus contents & Foldscope light source tips

After my last post, I started mulling over ways I could improve my Foldscope technique. Working with two cellphones allowed me to snap pictures, but the overall process was a bit finicky. I would turn the flashlight on one phone, placed it so the light beamed upwards, put the Foldscope so that the lens aligned…

Looking at algae with Foldscopes

Figure 1: Folded up Foldscope! Folding up some Foldscopes My peers and I in CSUMB’s Marine Ecological Systems class were fortunate enough to receive Foldscopes. These little tools aren’t just fun to look at–they’re fun to use! It takes a little trial and error to get used to them. After folding it up in class, I…