Water flea

Confocal microscopic image captured through the Keith Porter Image Facility, UMBC, a collaborative project between Stephen Bradley & Dr. Tagide deCarvalho, UMBC. The process is called autofluorescence a natural emission of light by biological structures such as mitochondria and lysosomes when they have absorbed light, and is used to distinguish the light originating from artificially added fluorescent markers (fluorophores). The bug was sampled from Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, next to Brooklyn & Curtis Bay, Maryland, August 2017.  The overall project is called Water’s Edge, Biome Tells, funded by a UMBC summer research fund.