Lorenzo and Celeste From Palo Alto asked:

What Do phytoplankton look like?

There are many types of phytoplankton and they all look a little different. Some are bacteria, some are protists, and others are diatoms. Diatoms are the main type that will be studied on this expedition

How Many branches do they have?

Phytoplankton are one celled organisms so they don’t have branches. Diatoms live encased in a glass-like structure. They are rectangular in shape. Check out this NASA website: earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Phytoplankton/

Email questions to: jnasharrigo@healy.polarscience.net

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Jan Arrigo

Jan currently teaches Kindergarten and First grade in Palo Alto, CA. She looks forward to a new challenge in the Fall of both Second and Fourth grades. Her main focus on the Healy will be to bring real world Science to elementary school students through text, pictures, videos and live streaming.

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