How data visualizations of plankton can connect us to underwater ecosystems

Martina Doblin, from the University of technology Sydney is asking the public to come with her on an underwater journey with drifting microscopic plankton to help build a global picture of how the organisms are affected by changes in ocean conditions.

These microscopic organisms play a hugely important role in our ecosystem. Not only do they fuel the underwater food chain, but it is estimated that over 90% of the world’s oxygen is produced by marine plankton. 

Martina has spent her entire career looking at microscopic plankton under a microscope, and is excited the public will finally get a chance to see the underwater species that has such a large impact on our oceans, up close. 

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