Karen Watts has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from UCSB and a Master’s degree in Science Education from Cal State East Bay. She began her career as a molecular biology researcher and then transitioned to a high school biology and biotechnology teacher. She has been a California State Parks docent for 13 years, working out of the Morro Bay Natural History Museum. She is active in Adventures With Nature programs, including Saturday Scientists, Plankton viewing, and Birding. She is also a trip leader for the Morro Bay Bird Festival.
Why, Diatom Art, of course! Each section in the photograph above is a microscopic diatom shell. Diatoms are phytoplankton, or microalgae. Their shells are made primarily of silica, which is... read more →