September 19, 2006

MBARI adjunct Edith Widder wins MacArthur Award

Marine biologist and MBARI adjunct Edith Widder.

Marine biologist and MBARI adjunct Edith Widder.

On September 19, 2006 MBARI adjunct Edith Widder was awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant in recognition of her creative and pioneering studies of bioluminescent (glowing) marine organisms. Widder’s work has involved designing and testing sensitive underwater light meters as well as video and still cameras that can detect very faint light in the dark ocean depths. She is currently developing a version of her “Eye-in-the-Sea” video camera to study marine life at the MARS ocean observatory in Monterey Bay. Widder is actively involved in marine conservation and is currently developing inexpensive sensor technologies to help reverse the trend of ecosystem degradation.

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