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Bioluminescence: Nature's Living Light in the Dark Ocean

Professor Michael Latz

Bioluminescence, the production and emission of light by a living organism, occurs widely in the marine environment. In this multimedia presentation, we will learn about the diversity of luminescent organisms, the functions of bioluminescence, and the chemistry behind light production. We will visit bays in the Caribbean where bright bioluminescence persists throughout the year, and we will be introduced to Infinity Cube, a new immersive exhibit at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, which explores the beauty of bioluminescence through video projection, sound, and graphics.

Instructor: Michael Latz is a marine biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography who has studied bioluminescence for more than 35 years. He received a BS from Duke University, and MS and PhD degrees from UC Santa Barbara. He has studied microscopic as well as exotic deep-sea bioluminescent organisms, works with conservation groups in the Caribbean to study bioluminescent bays, and collaborates with artists as a way to communicate science.

Coordinator: Steve Jenner

Course Number: OSHR-70031   Credit: 0 units

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