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Chironomid by polarized light microscopy Robert Berdan ©

Introduction to Euglenids (Euglenoids) where some exhibit both Plant and Animal Properties by Dr. Robert Berdan There are tiny creatures on our planet that share both plant and animal properties called Euglenoids. - read more

Nassulid ciliate DIC microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Nassulids -  Colourful Ciliates found
in Pond Water by Dr. Robert Berdan

Nassulids belong to the class of Nassophoreans which are alien-like visitors from another world - the micro-world.  Nassophoreans are found in fresh water, brackish waters, marine environments and in moist soils. more

Didinium and Paramecium by Robert Berdan ©

Didinium nasutum versus Paramecium caudatum Predator and Prey by Dr. Robert Berdan Watching one animal hunt and prey on another is educational. Single-celled ciliates are often used as models to study predator prey relationships. more

Cilate viewed by DIC microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) Microscopy and other methods of producing contrast by Dr. Robert Berdan One of the challenges microscopists face when studying live cells is the lack of contrast in cells as they are made up of about 70% water. more

Amino acid crystals by polarized light microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Curved Crystals viewed by Polarized Light Microscopy Amino acids, Vitamin C, Menthol, Benzoic acid & Caffeine by Dr. Robert Berdan Microscopic crystals can exhibit an array of colours and shapes more spectacular then just about anything else I have seen in more

Diatoms DIC microscopy Robert Berdan ©

Cell Phone Cameras, Dedicated Digital Cameras and Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras for Photomicrography by Dr. Robert Berdan and Brandon Berdan. The main question we wanted to determine is how do DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras compare to dedicated scientific cameras .... read more.

Potato starch grains by  polarized light microscopy by Robert Berdan ©

Polarization Microscopy The Motic BA310 Polarizing Microscope a Review by Dr. Robert Berdan A polarizing microscope can be used to identify a wide variety of substances. They are often used in forensic science ... read more.

Chaoborus larva by polarized light microscopy Robert Berdan

Photography of Chaoborus the phantom midge fly larva - Zooplankton's Nightmare by Dr. Robert Berdan. There are aliens on earth, not the ones you hear about on the History channel .. you can find them in nearby lakes and ponds with a microscope - read more.

Ritifer epifluorescence sta ined with Acridine orange Robert Berdan ©

Epi-Fluorescence Microscopy of Protists and other pond organisms using Acridine Orange - Photoshop Deconvoluton by Dr. Robert Berdan A normal wide field fluorescent microscope can see and detect objects down to 0.0001 mm (100 nm) - read more.

Plant leaft cross section by Robert Berdan ©

The Microscopic Beauty of Plants and Trees by Dr. Robert Berdan I am attracted to living things especially those coloured green like lichens, moss, bryophytes and trees - read more.

Bow mountain in Jasper National Park by Robert Berdan ©

Alberta Landscapes Part I by Dr. Robert Berdan I have been photographing Alberta landscapes and wildlife for over 30 years and I thought I would share some of my favourite places and photos of Alberta. Like most photographers I tend to get my best photos near where I live - read more.

Alberta Wildlife Photography by Dr. Robert Berdan I have photographed Wildlife in Alberta for many years and Alberta is one of the best provinces to see and photograph wildlife. I share some of my favourite photos of birds and mammals from Alberta - read more.

The Micro-Universe - microscopie life Robert Berdan ©

The Micro-Universe - Microscopic Life by Dr. Robert Berdan I define the Micro-Universe to include organisms from about 2 mm to 0.0002 mm. Anyone can begin to explore the Micro-universe starting with a simple magnifying lens though a microscope is better - read more.

Compound microscope by Robert Berdan ©

Tips for Buying a Light Microscope by Dr. Robert Berdan. There is a microscopic universe all around us filled with alien creatures and crystals with colours like no where else on the planet. Many microscopic sized items even include the food we eat - read more.

Crystals Photographed with Polarization Microscopy: Water, Beer, Caffeine, Vitamins, Amino Acids and Human Tears by Dr. Robert Berdan Crystals viewed and photographed through a polarized light microscope are the most beautiful colours I have ever seen in nature - read more.

Eagle in snowstorm placing main subject unequal distance from each edge by Robert Berdan ©

The Art of Seeing and the Visual Elements of Design A Guide to Composition in Photography by Dr. Robert Berdan   For most of us, knowledge of our world comes largely through sight, yet we look about with such unseeing eyes - 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.

Euchlanis dilatata - a rotifer common in pond water  by Robert Berdan ©

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.

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.


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