Plankton do the Strangest Things is a children's book that I am working on with my colleague, Moira Décima.  Despite growing up on different continents (South America for Moira and North America for me), our interests in oceanography were both stimulated by a book we read named Fish do the Strangest Things.  Three decades later, our goal is to write a similar series of stories to bring the microscopic world of plankton to young future scientists.  Plankton do the Strangest Things will cover tiny animals that live inside snot bubbles, organisms that shimmer like a rainbow, animals that are also plants, swimming worms, and nearly invisible predators.  For sample chapters, please click the links on the left.

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Contact: Mike Stukel (

Florida State University

Dept. of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science

Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies