These are dinoflagellates, 50 million year old fossil plankton, collected from the sea bed around Antarctica.

To get a better understanding of the impact of global warming on Antarctica, we can look in its geological past. Antarctica has experienced warm climates many times before, with similar conditions as those predicted for the future. In these warm past climates the Antarctic landscape was vegetated with green forests. Instead of sea ice plankton that we find in todays Antarctic coastal waters, tropical plankton thrived under warm climate conditions.

In March 2020 MIAP Foundation afforded me a grant to pursue a project within the theme ‘biodiversity’.  This project is done in collaboration with paleontologist Peter Bijl. The polymer prints are made in collaboration with Thomas Ankum.

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