Nature and function of benthic bioluminescence
Lead Scientist: Edith A. Widder
This project is part of a continuing effort to develop methods for
observing ocean communities unobtrusively. The deep-sea observatory, Eye-in-the-Sea,
will be deployed in Monterey Canyon to
observe the bioluminescent behaviors in two soft coral communities—Umbellula
lindahli and Anthomastus ritteri.
Eye-in-the-Sea will be
deployed from ROV Ventana, which will also be used to collect specimens
for shore-based experiments. Specifications are being drawn up to
make Eye-in-the-Sea compatible with the MOOS mooring.