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One microbiologist is using the world of social media to draw attention to the mysterious world of microbes.
Hunter Hines has 60,000 followers on his @microbialecology
Instagram account, where he regularly shares images and videos of microscopic organisms.
PhD - Student - Followers - Records - Organisms
The PhD student now has more than 60,000 followers and records the tiny organisms at a magnification of between 40 and 1,000 times.
Single-celled ciliates are a popular feature for the Bournemouth University postgraduate student, along with micro-animals like worms and tardigrades (known as water bears).
Tardigrades - Organism - World - Conditions
Tardigrades are considered to be one of the hardiest organism in the world and can survive the most extreme conditions.
Mr Hines said: 'The videos and photos on my Instagram show these awesome creatures in their natural state as they are behave and move, rather than just drawings from a textbook.'
Hunter - PhD - Bournemouth - University - Research
Hunter is currently studying for his PhD at Bournemouth University, conducting research in Florida...
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