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Rotifer by DIC microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Arctic Photography Workshop 2018 Yellowknife by Dr. Robert Berdan Each year I lead a photographic tour in conjunction with Peterson's Point lake lodge in Yellowknife and further north at their remote lodge on the Tundra - read more


Hydra and bud by Robert Berdan ©

Photomicrography of Hydra - a model for studying regeneration and aging by Dr. Robert Berdan. The name Hydra was derived from a serpentine water monster in Greek and Roman mythology - this article shows Hydra that lives in fresh water. It is used in research to study regeneration and aging - read more.

White-faced ibis from Frank Lake Alberta by Robert Berdan ©

Frank Lake - Birding Hotspot Near Calgary by Dr. Robert Berdan Frank Lake is a restored wetland 6 Km east of High River and about 50 Km south of Calgary and 2 Km south of Blackie. The lake is controlled by Ducks Unlimited - read more.

Daphnia Water-flea by Robert Berdan ©

Photographing Water-fleas - Daphnia by Dr. Robert Berdan. The English name for Daphnia, water-flea, originates from the jumping-like behaviour they exhibit while swimming - read more.

Macrophotograph of Fly by Frank Fox ©

Photographing Gastrotrichs by Dr. Robert Berdan To say that Gastrotrichs are a strange animal is an understatement. These tiny creatures vary in size from 60 to 3000 microns though most found in Freshwater are 100-300 microns in size so you need a microscope to view and photograph them- read more.

Photographing Rotifers by Dr. Robert Berdan An interest in Rotifers started after microscopist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) described them in a letter from 1687. These microscopic organisms live in water including ponds - read more

Spirostomum minus (top) and Urocentrum turbo (bottom) - both are common ciliates in fresh water by Robert Berdan ©

Photographing Ciliates by Dr. Robert Berdan You may have been introduced to Paramecium in biology class, a single celled (unicellular) "simple" ciliate found in pond water. Only ciliates are not simple but some of the most complex cells on the planet - read more.

Stentor viewed by Darkfield microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Photographing Stentors - A Large Unicellular Protozoan (Ciliate) living in Freshwater by Dr. Robert Berdan I encountered my first Stentor when I was teenager collecting pond samples to view with my microscope - read more.

Tardigrada - water bear by Robert Berdan ©

How to Collect and Photograph Water Bears (Tardigrades) by Dr. Robert Berdan As a biologist and photographer I am drawn to the beauty that is all around us; sometimes it's big and sometimes it's small - learn about water bears here.

Turtle Rotifer by Robert Berdan

Tips on How to Take Better Pictures with a Microscope - Photomicrography Dr. Robert Berdan In this article I share some tips on how to take better photomicrographs with a light microscope - read more.


Paramecium in the light by Robert Berdan ©

Photomicrography and Video of Protozoa, Volvox and Rotifers by Dr. Robert Berdan In this article I show some of my recent photos of protozoa and rotifers with DIC microscopy. I couldn't wait for the ice to melt from the ponds in Calgary so I ordered some of these organisms  - read more.

 

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