The main characteristics of chlamydomnas are their single-cell status, two flagella, hardiness and simple genetic makeup. Chlamydomnas make excellent research models to demonstrate how biological organisms operate.
Chlamydomnas can be used to demonstrate how organisms sense changes in environment through sensing light via an eyespot and can move using flagella. Chlamydomnas can also be grown in a variety of environments as long as there is a carbon source through photosynthesis with the presence of light sources or carbon-rich media in darkness. This makes chlamydomnas useful in demonstrating how organisms adapt to different conditions and climates.
Another advantage of using chlamydomnas as research is the ease in marking and modifying different strains. The short life cycles allow mutations to be quickly made according to research needs.