2020 Photomicrography Competition

Silica cell wall of the marine diatom Arachnoidiscus sp.

Dr. Jan Michels

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Department of Functional Morphology and Biomechanics
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
50X (Objective Lens Magnification)

Dr. Jan Michels works in the field of functional morphology and biomechanics focusing on the study of morphology, material composition and properties of arthropod exoskeleton structures. He is also an accomplished imaging authority with recognition in top honors at Nikon Small World 11 times since 2007. His latest installment, that of a silica wall of a marine diatom (taken with confocal) shows stunning three dimensional detail seldom, if ever, seen of this type of organism. It looks a lot like a shower drain!