Samples of the virtual field trip. Each of the three columns highlights a different medium: (left) are screenshots from the video game; (middle) are photos of “creature cards” students use to assemble their own food web, (right) are frames and animations from the video.


Co-authors Rob Olson and Heidi Sosik have worked on development of the FlowCytobot series of automated submersible plankton sensors at WHOI since the late 1990s Tom Kleindinst


Co-author Alexi Shalapyonok secures FlowCytobot (FCB) underwater at the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) tower. FCB, an automated submersible flow cytometer, operates unattended at MVCO for 6 months or longer, measuring thousands of individual microscopic plankton every hour. Sean Whelan