This is Ben from the sorting lab again. Today, I would like to take you on a quick run through of sorting a sample and show you some of the major groups we find in our samples. First, we rinse the stained sample and place it into a sorting dish so we can start sorting through the sediment, shells and other debris.
Nematodes are some of the most common, and usually smallest, organisms we encounter in our samples. These small, simple worms are mostly deposit feeders and ingest large amounts of sediment in their hunt for food.
Ben LaBelle, Florida State University