Sunday, January 27, 2013

Nature Nut’s Tech Corner

Illustration by Jean Bitting, 2012

Do you feel like your inner nature nut and techie geeks are at odds with each other? Are you looking for a fresh new way to explore nature?  Are you a technophobe looking for a way to start plugging in? Perhaps you wish you had a way to inspire today’s technologically bound youth to re-connect with the natural world surrounding them? Whatever your current relationship with the ever-changing world of technology might be, the Nature Nut’s Tech Corner is the perfect resource to help you get your geek on with nature!  Visit us on the last Friday of each month, right here, as we spotlight a new field tested application.


We are focusing on ‘the little guys’ in this edition of Nature Nut’s Tech Corner as we take a look at the app “Phyto”. Phyto, which includes a database of some of the most common salt water phytoplankton, helps you learn to identify phytoplankton and even allows you to hear an audio file of their proper pronunciation. This app, developed by a volunteer member of the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network which is sponsored by the Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research division of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), even includes a flash card game mode. Whether researching the subject, looking through a microscope, or just looking for a little educational fun we encourage you to test this one out today. Phyto is available on both iPhone and Android platforms.

Excited and needing a reason to use your new Phyto app? Consider donning your citizen scientist hat and joining us at the GTM Research Reserve Education Center as a volunteer for the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network!

iPhone screens

Android screens

Flash Card  Mode on Android

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