RACC Undergraduate Intern Jess Mailhot learning how to use FlowCAM. FlowCAM is on loan for
four months from Fluid Imaging Technologies in Yarmouth, ME.
FlowCAM takes pictures of individual organisms down to 2 microns and up to 2 mm. RACC interns build up digital image libraries and use automated statistical models to classify organisms in images. It is being used by RACC Question 1 to count phytoplankton cells and zooplankton from Missisquoi Bay. Flowcam can process 20 to 30 samples per day vs 3 or 4 by microscope.
Video showing the flowcam in use.