Pond Water

These are images of pond water from outside of the school where I work.

Drosophila Melanogaster

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Mouse Intestine!

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Biodiversity in an old flower vase in my yard

To celebrate biodiversity day, I am sharing a few observations that I made from a mini-zoo in my yard. This is inspired by both laks and manu who regularly create long-term cultures and follow them to observe how life evolves in a mini-ecosystem.  Here’s the old vase that I let fill with rainwater a few…

Foldscope Fun At Moss Landing Beach

Hello foldscopers! I decided to explore the Moss Landing Beach because I work near there every day and have yet to explore the beach up close and personal! Moss Landing, California sits at the head of the Monterey Submarine Canyon, which is over twice the size of the Grand Canyon but underwater!  I took this…

Exploring Tide Pools At Carmel Point

Hey there foldscopers! My marine science class had a lot of fun going to explore the tide pools at Carmel Point in Carmel, California! There was so much cool stuff to see! Carmel Point is a Rocky Intertidal ecosystem residing along an erosional coastline and in the center of Carmel Bay. It was raining on...

Macroalgal zonation, revisited

Hello, Shannon here with one more intertidal attempt at demystifying seaweed zonation patterns in a different environment, this time, the San Francisco Bay. Emeryville Marina Park is an elbow that juts out into the bay, and in all likelihood use to be part of the bay. Although this is an artificial rocky intertidal, and with…

Patterns, and more patterns

Hi there, this is Shannon again returning with my second Foldscope post. On a drizzly, grey day I set out to explore a gorgeous rocky beach north of Fort Bragg, CA.  My walk out to the coastal bluffs revealed a magnificent expanse of rocky intertidal beaches. In the distance, a group of sea lions watched…

A plethora of life just out of sight

Hello Foldscope community, my name is Shannon and I am a graduate student in CSU Monterey Bay’s Applied Marine and Watershed Science program. As part of my Marine Ecology class, we’ve had the wonderful opportunity to use Foldscopes to explore the amazing complexity of microscopic life that is right before us and yet out of…

Live Ant exploration in class #bio60

Today in class, I was able to view a twitching ant using the foldscope. With the foldscope, I could clearly see the ant’s eyes and watch its legs and muscles twitch. It was a bit difficult getting the ant onto the slide, so I had to crush it a bit in order to secure it…

Gliding Filament Showing Fragmentation

Hello Everyone, This time I’ve observed this filamentous form which appeared to gliding just like the cyanobacteria we observed in Manu Sir’s post a few days ago. I could see it moving back and forth but not rotating. I haven’t been able to recognize what organism this is. Please help me identify it, I’d love…

Sand and Algae near Monterey Fishermen’s Wharf

I stumbled upon a cool little beach next to Monterey’s Fishermen’s wharf.  It seemed very protected, and was currently inhabited by a few harbor seal, who were laying on rocks just past the shore.  It was low tide, and there were lots of exposed tide pools to the south side of the beach. I took…

Day 7: Lichen culture– part 2

Continuing from my previous post, the April22-plate 3 was really remarkable. Without much ado, here is a sampling of what I saw. Looking forward to your feedback and also can you identify the mystery objects: 1. Nematode (Nematode-24728-1-LI): A fairly large nematode. You can see the pharynx and a bit of the digestive track. There…

Bizarre Tetrahedron diatom from bedwell bayfront park

I drove a fellow lab-mate to collect samples from the bedwell bayfront park. I did some collections myself and observed the most bizarre diatom that I have ever seen. I’m calling it a tetrahedron but not sure if that’s right. If anyone can help id this  beast,that would be much appreciated! I first saw this…

Loch Ness micro-monsters. (Diatoms)

A few weeks ago, Julie F. shared with me another bottle of water sample that her generous friend Kathy had brought. This time the sample was from Loch Ness (Lake Ness) in Scotland. If you recall, this is the same duo who had previously shared samples from the Ganges River in India. Kathy seems to…

Detritus worm in Plant Vase water

Looking for something in the water taken from my plant vase, I came across this Detritus worm! It can be seen moving and even feeding on something. Look closely, you can even see its mouth moving and the digestive track. Can’t wait to look through more water samples and see what I find there!

Day 7: Lichen cultures

Continuing from my previous post, I am going to try and keep an eye on the succession of life in my lichen cultures. For this, I have 6 different lichens collected from different trees put into petridishes containing RO water. Below, I categorize all life I could see after 1 week. Here are results from three…

Life in a Creek Next to a Sidewalk

My worm-san is still alive and well after 20 minutes of scrutiny. This one was very patient with me. Thank you worm-san. You can go safely back to the soil now. This worm-san kept wiggling around in between two pieces of tape (I made sure it’s not too tight). I could quite clearly observe its…

Lichen suspensions as growth media

For some time now, I have been completely bowled over with lichen suspensions (1,2,3). You never know what surprise you’d get. I suppose, it would be so for mosses too.  All I do is to drop a lichen scraping in a small petridish with about 5 ml of bottled water and follow it for days,…

Red algae vs. grass

Recently, my Marine Ecological Systems course took another trip to the intertidal zone near Monterey Bay.  I we were comparing a highly disturbed area to one that is less visited.  It was a bright sunny day, and we visited at mid-tide as the tide was returning.  I took the opportunity to collect a couple of…

Poking around at Point Piños

In early February 2017, my marine ecology class went out to Point Piños to check out its rocky intertidal habitat. Point Piños is located in Pacific Grove, California at the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula, and is located within the Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area, and the Monterey Bay National Marine…

Sleuthing in the Elkhorn Slough

Hello Foldscope Community! My name is Anna Holder, and like many others in this community interested in marine ecology, I am in California State University Monterey Bay’s Applied Marine and Watershed Science Master of Science Program. Earlier in the semester, my marine ecology class took a trip out to the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research…

Trichomes from a peppermint plant #BIO60

What we see here is the edge of a leaf from a peppermint plant that I am growing in my room. We can see trichomes sprouting from the edges and we can also see what looks like individual cells. Notice how the cells get smaller as we move closer to the edge. Indeed, this leaf is…