Ocean Enlightenment
A conversation with Edie Widder

Our wide-ranging conversation with Edie explores marine bioluminescence, high school education, environmental devastation and the intersection of all three through her innovative programs at ORCA.

About Edie Widder:

Edie holds a PhD in neurobiology and was senior scientist at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution for 16 years before leaving to cofound the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) after being awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Some Additional Resources:
The weird, wonderful world of bioluminescence

Very popular TED talk by Edie

Bioluminescence: Living Lights, Lights for Living

By Thérèse Wilson & J. Woodland Hasting

BBC Nature Wildlife - Bioluminescence

A collection of video resources on bioluminescence from the BBC.

Bioluminescence on Camera - National Geographic

The Giant Squid Stalker - Slate

An article featuring Edie Widder with bioluminescence video

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Video Chapters

Introduction (00:00)

Chapter 1: Beyond ‘Oh, Wow!’ (1:42)

Chapter 2: The Wonders of Bioluminescence (8:34)

Chapter 3: What the Eye-in-the-Sea Saw (21:34)

Chapter 4: The Challenges of Discovery: What We Still Don’t Know (27:06)

Chapter 5: Canary in the Coal Mine: Evaluating Toxicity Along Our Coastlines (32:45)

Chapter 6: Educational Innovation and Reason for Optimism (41:42)

Credits (55:41)