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About

Thanks for checking out my website! I’m a Ph.D. student, occasional painter, and microscope enthusiast located in New Jersey, USA. Couch Microscopy is a project I started in July, 2017 from my couch while I was recovering from a long-term illness and stuck at home. I go out as often as I can with a tiny plankton net and a few jars and collect water samples from puddles, ponds, streams, swamps, oceans, and any other weird location I find myself in. I use inexpensive equipment and I think that microscopy is an underutilized and super interesting art form and hobby that anyone can learn. Please don’t hesitate to contact me on here or via Instagram if you have any questions about my work or about getting started with microscopy!

Check out my Instagram feed for more visuals!

—Julia Van Etten

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