David Seamer's drawings of freshwater protozoans through the microscope. Detailed books of common pond microscopic organisms amoeba, ciliophora, flagellates, heliozoans, tardigrades, algae and more.

David Seamer Illustrated Guides

"An ordinary pond can be filled with a myriad of microscopic life just waiting to be discovered."

Illustrated Guides:

An Illustrated Guide to Freshwater Ciliates from Australia - Sample pages and reviews

A Beginners Guide to Freshwater Microscopic Life - Sample pages and reviews

An Illustrated Guide to Freshwater Flagellates - Sample pages and reviews

An Illustrated Guide to the Freshwater Amoebae - Sample pages and reviews

An Illustrated Guide to the Freshwater Protozoa - Sample pages and reviews

About David Seamer

Some of the many ponds where he collects his samples

The art of the Pencil by David Seamer
Published in the March 2017 issue of Micscape magazine. PDF file.

More on the Art of the Pencil by David Seamer
Also published in the March 2017 issue of Micscape magazine. PDF file.

Read a review of David Seamers books

Microscope and Drawing Paper
  • Hand-drawn by the author from live microscopic observations
  • Helpful taxonomic information
  • Detailed descriptions
  • Each organism has worldwide distribution
  • Identification guide for many genera
  • Books cover 100s of organisms
David Seamer at work


Review of David Seamer's books:

Pat Thielen,

    I just would like you all to know that I now have all four of David's books and they are amazing. I recall back when I was in high school there was a book in the school library called "How to Know the Protozoa" which I had checked out pretty much for the entire year. Using it I was able to identify many of the protists I was observing in the pond samples I would bring home from various locations. Without it I would have been a bit lost, although I would have still made observations and drawn what I was seeing.

     When I got back into microscopy just a few years ago I found there were very few "field guides" to protozoa. I did find some, but they were all quite old -- Many had been in school library collections. And so, when I found David's books, I was very happy. Because I finally had a decent set of field guides with which to observe and identify exactly what it was I was looking at. The drawings are beautiful and the descriptions are a great jumping off point for further research. The books are aimed at everyday people, and so they are understandable and concise. If I need more information on something I've discovered I can find what I need through other sources. For me, this is a very good thing because the books aren't bogged down with too much description -- They are simply excellent field guides to protozoa. And I must thank David for putting them together and making all this information available.

     So, if you're looking for a set of very good books with which to help you identify what it is you're looking at I would highly recommend David's books. While his observations are from locations in Australia most of the animals he describes can also be found in the near frozen waters of far flung places like... Minnesota. These guys really get around!

     Thanks David -- I'm very happy to have your four books!

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