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Sunday, October 11 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

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Explore a live plankton sample freshly collected from near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay. Meet a special guest from the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and learn about what makes the plankton here so special. Then dive into the microscope with Jan and virtually explore a world of living jewels (organisms with frustules of opal!). Jan will share her journal and a Scanning Electron Microscope image of a local diatom. Together we will try different sketching techniques and learn how to use drawing and journaling as a tool for deeper learning.

SUPPLIES: Journal, pen, colors and brush if you have them.


Hello wild and wonderful people,
I am very grateful to have been part of such an amazing event. I want to thank all the people behind the scenes who created this virtual space for artists and naturalists and inquisitive people to learn and share and wonder together. If you joined in the live plankton field trip I hope you found a few new questions for your journal.  If you were unable to attend live, the recorded session is now available on Sched. 
I am happy you were willing to dive just below the ocean surface, and explore the world of living plankton. There is so much amazing life lurking just out of sight, and the impact it has on our blue planet is overwhelming to me. Hopefully the next time you look out over the ocean you might stop to wonder (and maybe journal a little) about the vast world of plankton just beneath the waves.
I am including the links I referenced or shared during the field trip at the end of this message.
There was a question about permits during the field trip. I want to clarify my answer. I realized after the field trip that there were participants from all over the world. Please be safe and if you want to collect plankton PLEASE check with your local agencies about local regulations and observe all safety recommendations. Be safe and informed. 
I would enjoy connecting with you if you have questions or if you want to geek out about the microscopic world. My email is pacificplankton@gmail.com
Or you can find me on your social media platform of choice here at my flowpage I included special discord instructions at the end of this message. https://www.flow.page/pacificplankton 
Plankton Micro Expedition LINKSJustin Holl from Greater Farallones National Marine SanctuaryFarallones Guest speaker - Justin Holl 
Justin Holl  -  justin.holl@noaa.gov
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Visitor Center Manager
Numbers and Data and Phytoplankton ID tools for your Journal
NOAA local Tide station link
The Ocean Data Center Phytoplankton Key from UC Santa Cruz 
UC Davis collects data at Fort Point 
Alternative earth scale info links
The links below are not from the pacific, but are wonderful plankton reference http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/5631/1/occ_pub_25.pdf

Microscope and Camera and equipment
Canon 6D Mark II Body
Zeiss Primo Star
The Dark Side SEMDr. Jeffery R. Stone took all SEM images follow or find him 
Faculty website: http://faculty.indstate.edu/jstone/
Instagram (Photography):  https://instagram.com/jefferyrstone
Instagram (SEM): https://instagram.com/sem_indiana_state/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/diatomsattack
Twitch: https://twitch.tv/diatomsattack
Facebook - Lab: https://www.facebook.com/ISUPaleolimnology
If you want to join the discord server using the link https://discord.gg/KBkWRwE  you need to click on the water drop in the #Rules! Section. If you have any questions, email me and I will try to help you get connected. I am new to discord so we can learn together.
Be well and stay safe
Jan Southworth

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Janai Southworth

Here, on the edge of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, I explore the stunning local marine plankton with my microscope, my camera, and my Nature Journal. My interest lies at the intersection of art and science. For several years I have volunteered with the Greater Farallones National Marine... Read More →

Sunday October 11, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
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