Samples were collected using a prototype basket sampler that concentrated phytoplankton from the underway water supply in the OG lab onboard Aurora Australis. The sampler filtered water during transit, and the distance travelled and the approximate volume of water sampled was recorded. A phytoplankton net tow was collected at each station. The majority of imaging was undertaken using a Leica DMLB2 microscope with phase contrastand Leica ICC50 digital in body camera. Samples were preserved with either glutaraldhyde or Lugols iodine for later examination as well. Details of sample collected are included in the Voyage sample log.
The purpose of the dataset is to a) document phytoplankton biodiversity of the region b) increase taxonomic resolution by capturing taxonomic features that may be lost upon sample preservation.
Samples were collected and imaged opportunistically around other primary duties and so there may be some gaps in the spatial coveraged intended.