Advancing Aquatic Research and Algae Technology with FlowCAM®

Quickly image, count, identify and classify algae across a wide range of aquatic research and production applications with the FlowCAM.

Originally developed at the Bigelow Laboratory for Oceanographic Sciences in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the technology was one of the first to combine the capabilities of a flow cytometer with a digital imaging microscope. The goal – to make phytoplankton identification quicker and easier. Today, the FlowCAM is an internationally-accepted research tool, with installations on six continents (and occasional visits to the 7th) and on board research vessels in every body of ocean water.

The FlowCAM provides you morphological details of algal cells along with optional fluorescence values to further discriminate algae cell types. You can acquire thousands of algae images per minute plus have instant access to over 30 measurements for each (unlike flow cytometers which only provide relative size). Enable the FlowCAM’s automated classification feature to make data analysis even easier.

FlowCAM Aquatic Applications:

Video: Imaging Particle Analysis in California Environmental Monitoring

Dr. Lehman is an environmental scientist with the Division of Environmental Services, California Department of Water Resources (DWR). She has extensive research experience including phytoplankton ecology, cyanobacteria harmful algal bloom dynamics and food web impacts, freshwater tidal wetland water quality and primary productivity. Dr. Lehman and her colleagues use a FlowCAM to support monitoring and research work on the San Francisco Bay Estuary.