A light in the dark – the how and why of bioluminescence in the deep sea

April 9, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Waikiki Aquarium

Join us on Tuesday, April 9 at 3:30 pm in the Waikiki Aquarium classroom for an en-“lightning” talk on bioluminescence in the deep sea by Dr. Megan Porter, a University of Hawaii at Manoa Biology faculty member.

Animals structure their lives around the rising and setting of the sun. Light is such an important cue for life that many species living in dark environments make their own light, a phenomenon called bioluminescence.

The Porter lab is interested in the evolution of bioluminescence, and particularly the evolution of molecules animals use to produce and to detect light. For the last few years, they have been investigating the chemicals crustaceans like shrimp and copepods use to produce light, how they detect and regulate the light they are producing, and what they are using the light for. Come and learn how this type of research will help us understand the diversity of bioluminescence in the deep sea and the importance of light for life.

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