This week’s links

Lately, news about the oceans have been all around. I tried to collect the most exiting ones and put them into context.

Is phytoplankton in the sea getting less? Become an active scientist and help us to answer this question. Havsmiljöinstitutet and havet ask people with boats to do plate-tests where you lower a white plate into the water until you don’t see it anymore and report the depth. This will help scientists to get a worldwide picture of how many algae are in the water. Of course we will do this ourselves as well but we will never be abled to have that many observations without your help!
To show you how pretty algae can be, Plymouth University created a webpage about the little ocean drivers with beautiful pictures and they even made a video where David Attenborough is explaining the importance of the small organisms.

Here in Sweden, high school students now have the possibility to choose which university they want to visit and which subject to study. Therefor, Catherine visited some high school students to talk about the biology program and the marine ecology courses. Main point of her talk: “naturvetare har kul på jobbet och utgör en viktig skillnad för vår värld!” Meaning, natural scientists have fun at work and do an important difference for our world! Visit #naturvetenskap #biologi #linneuniversitetet on twitter to learn more about it.

Do you want to have a foldable microscope? It can be printed on paper and folded together in 10 minutes. Researcher Prakash and his team from Stanford University invented the cheap microscopes to make Malaria screening assessable to people all around the world. This is great! I would love to have one that I can take out into the field and look not at Malaria cells but phytoplankton 😀

And then we have the ocean sampling day. The idea is to get as many research labs and skippers as possible interested in the project to sample marine bacteria all over the world at exactly the same day to get a broad picture of who is out in the water. Unfortunately, this day falls on midsummer (June 21st), so let’s see how strong Swedish traditions are to celebrate midsummer instead of work.


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