Bioluminescence – the Myth, Mystique and Science of Living Cold Light
In this colloquy we will explore the occurrence, the stories, and the scientific explanations and use of bioluminescence (the production of visible light by living organisms). Early observations and explanations of foxfire, maritime phosphorescence, fireflies and other dramatic living, cold, night light were often tied to mystical events or beings. We will explore the poetic and artistic expressions of these phenomena and learn about their biological explanation and their potential and uses as tools in art, medicine and research.
David Porter is a Brooklin resident and retired professor of mycology who enjoys sharing his interests in natural history and evolution.
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