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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Chapter 1: Beyond "Oh, Wow!" (00:01:43)

Chapter 2: The Wonders of Bioluminescence (00:08:35)

Chapter 3: What the Eye-in-the-Sea Saw (00:21:35)

Chapter 4: What We Still Don't Know (00:27:07)

Chapter 5: Toxicity Along Our Coastlines (00:32:46)

Chapter 6: Reasons For Optimism (00:41:43)