Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes Revealed on a Grand Scale

This exhibition will open May 15 - June 20, 2016.

Eighteen large scale images reveal the beauty of marine microbes on a grand scale in this photography exhibition, a collaboration between Sailors for the Sea, a leading conservation organization, and the Redwood Library. The images were created by the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the only independent basic research institution in the world that focuses on microbial oceanography.

Tiny Giants reveals the beauty of marine microbes on a grand scale, making the microscopic creatures studied at the laboratory visible to the naked eye. These dramatic photographic enlargements tell a collective story of ongoing changes in the global marine environment. The images are shown at three different scales, each taken using one of three microscopes - compound light, confocal, and scanning electron. The research undertaken by Bigelow Laboratory is supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation.