Hidden right under the thin veil that forms the surface of the ocean, key micro-scale biological processes shape the past, present and future of the planet. Scroll below to find how these micro-scale processes hold the key to understanding the global carbon cycle, dispersion of marine organisms in the ocean and more...
If you imagine a deep chasm cutting into the ocean, you would find highly stratified ecosystems organized along the vertical axis. Deeper we go - everything life cares about - light, temperature, nutrient distribution, pressure, all change rapidly...
Every single day, marine plankton - microscopic in size - undertake vertical migrations from tens to hundreds of meters deep vertically.
Marine plankton die, aggregate and sink as billions and billions of sinking marine snow particles impacting planetary carbon cycle; so poetically described as"...the most stupendous “snowfall” the earth has ever seen." - Rachel Carson (1951)
So, is marine snow dead or alive? How do we make measurements of such a microscopic particle traveling kilometers?
Here we present, "Scale-free Vertical Tracking Microscopy" (aka Gravity Machine) to take a step towards bridging scales, enabling a new paradigm of measurement in biological oceanography. We intend to bring a piece of the ocean to the lab and bring a piece of the lab to the ocean.
Explore the concept and technology behind "Gravity machine", discover a whole new kind of plankton data and follow our journey as we deploy these tools in lab and field settings.
We present here first-of-a-kind datasets of never before seen plankton behaviors captured by Gravity Machine at multi-scale resolution. Are you ready for a deep dive?