Zooplankton in a water puddle

It was a foot-deep puddle near the boundary of our large housing complex. For months no-one gave it a second look — till its wealth of gliding, writhing animal life was revealed by our foldscopes. Only then we found out that the water in this permanent puddle came from a rusty, leaking one-inch metal pipe…

Zooplankton with Danjugan Island Camp

As part of our passion for changing perspectives with Foldscopes and marine education at Big Blue Network, we returned for the 2nd Danjugan Island Environment Education Program. This time we had nearly 50 kids participating in our Foldscope introduction class! We have devised a very simple zooplankton trap out of some pieces of plastic plumbing…

Danjugan Island Ecosystems & Big Blue Network

We introduced Foldscopes to 25 kids participating in a week-long camp know as the Danjugan Island Environment Education Program.  The kids used their Foldscopes to get a different perspective of the island’s  5 different eco-systems which they also explored on hikes and by snorkelling.               Three Foldscopes with different…

Metachrony in zooplanktons – high speed video

Synchrony is the way of life; from rythems in the heart to carcadian cycles that wakes us up everyday. Sometimes synchrony is programmed and sometimes it arises by just how physical forces couple together. Beautiful example of synchrony arises from metachronal waves in arrays of beating cilia.  I was kayaking in Tamales Bay and took…