This is a new  program that allows you to identify and measure the organisms from a plankton sample that has been photographed and scanned.  From the lengths, wet weights are calculated and basic statistics are recorded.  Size frequency histograms are also created of the lengths, weights, and counts. The data can be imported into MS Excel for further analysis and plotting.

When I first started at Woods Hole Ocean. Inst. 25 years ago, I was one of several who sat at the microscope 8 hours per day, sorting and identifying the animals in samples.  Needless to say, there was a high burn-out rate with this job and most of my colleagues from that time are no longer in the field.  I wouldn’t be doing it today if I were still at the microscope for such long periods.