The Diatomist

Klaus Kemp, taken by the natural beauty of form in microscopic, single-celled protists, masters techniques used by Victorian artists to share the subjects of his fascination with the world.


Producer: Matthew Killip

Ages: All ages

Cavorting Wee Beasties

Inventor of the first practical microscope, Dutch scientist Anton Von Leeuwenhoek was awed when he viewed a magnified sample of pond water for the first time and found it teeming with “wee beasties,” which we now know as protists. Watch for yourself as single- and multi-cellular pond creatures move about and feed on Nikon’s Pond Life Video Gallery.


Producer: Nikon Instruments

Ages: All ages

Photo by Olga Tsai on Unsplash

Exploring Ocean’s Nursery: the Aquatic World with Philippe COusteau

Who needs seaweed? Entire marine food webs do, in fact, need seaweed to feed and shelter  their members. Sargassum seaweed is a type of algae (a protist) that floats in giant masses in the oceans, serving as a nursery for sea turtles, fish, marine birds, crabs, and more.


Producer: Great Big Story

Ages: 8–12

Nature’s Cleanup Crew

Fungi and protists are just two critical members of nature’s complete cleanup crew, which also includes bacteria, arthropods, mollusks, and worms. Together, these little critters are responsible for decomposing waste and dead organisms into the ingredients needed to grow new life.


Publisher: Delta Education

Ages: 8–12