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My senior capstone was a full-year project that showcased all of the skills that I learned over the course of my three years at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

I created an all-encompassing guide for hobby microscopists to learn how to arrange diatoms. Diatoms are single-celled algae that are cleaned to only leave the silica shell. This silica shell is then carefully placed to create a geometric pattern. This guide covers the history of diatomists, and how to collect, clean, arrange, illuminate, and photograph diatoms. Due to time constraints, I wasn't able to physically arrange the diatoms. Instead, I photographed a strew slide of diatomaceous earth in 1.7 refractive index liquid at 40x magnification under brightfield illumination and individually cut out each diatom in Adobe Photoshop® and placed them on a white background. Below is the link to view the online PDF version of my guide, as well as the link to buy my book.*

Link to View the PDF

Link to Buy The Diatomist's Guide to Arranging Diatoms

* All of the money goes to the book publishing company, Lulu.