Back by Popular Demand – Applications of Bioluminescence in Marine Technology

May 14, 2020

On Wednesday, May 27 from 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM (EST)

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After the popularity of this webinar offered earlier this month, Dr. Edie Widder will again provide a virtual overview of planktonic bioluminescence and measurement applications. These include mapping of plankton distribution patterns, tracking bioluminescent red tides, mapping sediment toxicity and luring giant squid.
We have increased the capacity of the virtual room to allow 500 attendees to attend. A recording of the webinar will be included in its entirety at a later date to accommodate for any technical issues.
Dr. Edie Widder

Panelist
Edie Widder CEO, President, and Senior Scientist at the Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)

Dr. Edie Widder (Ph.D., Neurobiology, University of California, Santa Barbara) is a MTS member, MacArthur Fellow, a deep-sea explorer and conservationist who combines expertise in oceanographic research and technological innovation with a commitment to reversing the worldwide trend of marine ecosystem degradation.

A world authority on marine bioluminescence, Edie has racked up hundreds of dives in deep diving submersibles and helped develop new tools for deep sea exploration, including an unobtrusive camera system and an optical lure that has proven irresistible to certain large deep-sea predators. She has also spearheaded the development of water quality monitoring systems called Kilroys. In 2005 she helped found the Ocean Research & Conservation Association an organization dedicated to the study and protection of marine ecosystems and the species they sustain through development of innovative technologies, science-based conservation action, and public education.

Dr. Andy Clark

Moderator
Andrew (Andy) Clark, Vice President of Research, Industry & Technology, Past President (1998) MTS and Explorers Club Fellow

Dr. Clark’s (Ph.D., Ocean Engineering., U of Hawaii) professional life has spanned leadership positions in Industry, Academia and Government beginning 1974 in the offshore oilfields, before joining Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) in 1979.

At HBOI, he led redesign of the famed JSL manned submersibles, increasing their design depths, equipping them with state-of-the art robotics and laser systems and logging many hours in these subs. He also led designs of purpose built ROVs for science and the specialized tools and systems needed to conduct undersea research and exploration. In 1998, Clark founded HARRIS Corporation’s Maritime Communications subsidiary (sold in 2017 for $425M) and served as its first President and CEO.  Appointed by NOAA in 2005 as Industry Liaison for the National Office of Ocean Observation, he led their effort to engage the Maritime Industry with the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). In 2008 he founded and served as CEO of CSnet International, designing and deploying broadband seafloor sensor and Tsunami Early Warning Networks.

Trustee of Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), The Link Foundation, and Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans, he is also on the Ocean faculty of Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Dr. Clark has been awarded U.S. and international patents for unique underwater systems, the Lockheed-Martin Award for Science and Technology, Compass Distinguished Achievement Award, the John Craven Award for Mentorship, and now serves on the U.S. National Committee to the United Nations (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

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