Living Light: The Art & Science of Bioluminescence
An evening of ideas and performance at Harvard University to highlight the beauty and importance of bioluminescence, and address the critical need for ocean conservation
Tuesday, July 31, 6:00 pm
Sylvia Earle, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic; J. Woodland “Woody” Hastings, Paul C. Mangelsdorf, Professor of Natural Sciences, Harvard University; Aqua Borealis, a performance by Kristin McArdle Dance Company
Science: Prof. J. Woodland Hastings, a pioneer researcher in the world of bioluminescence and circadian biology, looks at how marine organisms like dinoflagellates, jellies, and bacteria produce biological light.
Art: KMD performs Aqua Borealis, a dance of traveling biolumes, rainbowed sculpture and liquid-light, inspired by deep-sea exploration and marine organisms that use light and movement to communicate in the ocean.
Passion: Dr. Sylvia Earle has led more than 60 ocean expeditions worldwide culminating in over 7,000 hours underwater. Named by Time Magazine as the first “Hero for the Planet,” she received a TED award in 2009 and launched the Mission Blue Foundation, which aims to establish marine protected areas around the globe.
Harvard Science Center, Hall B, One Oxford Street, Cambridge MA
Free and open to the public ($5 – $10 suggested donation). Seating is general admission on a first-arrival basis. Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Parking Garage.
Living Light: The Art & Science of Bioluminescence is cosponsored by Harvard Summer School, The Friends of the Farlow, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, Pleiades Network, and W2O.
July 31, Living Light: The Art & Science of Bioluminescence, with Sylvia Earle, Woody Hastings, and Aqua Borealis, a performance by Kristin McArdle Dance Company