A Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences, the late Albert Leon Brigger is noted for his artistic arrangements of diatoms, a type of unicellular algae comprised of nearly 100,000 different species.
Laboring over a microscope and lens, Bigger’s work was painstaking, as diatoms are among the smallest organisms on earth.
Diatoms are one of the most common types of phytoplankton, which reside in the upper-most layer of any sunlit body of ocean, sea or lake. Phytoplankton are also responsible for producing much of the oxygen in our atmosphere, equaling almost half the oxygen produced by all plant life.
(featured image by W.M. Grant)