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For Students

  Frequently Asked (or Totally Reasonable) student questions about the ISOP

  BioMEDIA ASSOCIATES provides several galleries with short articles
and quality photographs of protozoans and other protists. The BioMEDIA
Gallery index page is:

  Protozoa and Protists (MSWord Doc - 1 mb) HTML page version coming soon is an educational web site that aims to promote science literacy through peer-reviewed articles about bioscience issues accompanied by educator-written lesson plans. Several articles focus on microorganisms.

  Malaria, Algae, Amoeba and You: 
Unravelling Eukaryotic Relationships
By Joel B. Dacks

  Great pictures of protists: micro*scope
Microbes were the only living things for most of the history of the Earth. Over 3.5 billion years ago they began the process of transforming this planet, making it habitable for those of us who came later. Bacteria and protists remain the dominant players in most known ecosystems. The numbers of bacteria and protists in the world is staggering - a single teaspoonful of sea water contains millions of bacteria and thousands of protists. The study of microbial communities is essential if we are to understand and manage the world around us and such studies prepare us for the exploration for life on other planets. This site has images of microbes, classification schemes, descriptions of organisms, talks and other educational resources to improve awareness of the biodiversity of our microbial partners.

A project-oriented site, with attractive photos: The Western Pacific Marine Diatoms project is contributed by ISOP member Christopher Lobban of the University of Guam.

  For Graduate Students:

Jahn and Bovee award (PDF - 76 K)
Holz and Conner travel fund (PDF - 56 K)

NASA Planetary Biology Internship Program:
Summer research opportunities for graduate students at NASA Centers and at NASA-funded university labs. Research topics include microbial ecology and early eukaryotic evolution. Application deadline is March 1 each year. Application material available at:
Or contact Michael Dolan at

  Children and Teens:

Marine Science Institute, Redwood City, California
The Marine Science Institute is a nonprofit science and environmental education organization offering hands-on programs that excite students of all ages about science. The Institute has been offering programs for students throughout Northern California since 1970.

The Young Marine Scientists Program, Marine Science Institute, University of California at Santa Barbara