Edie Widder

Ocean Enlightenment is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Edie Widder, Founder, CEO and Senior Scientist at Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA). After an inspiring story about how Edie Widder became a seagoing marine biologist and deep-sea diver, this conversation covers topics such as bioluminescence which is a fascinating scientific phenomenon that provides us with a deeper understanding of fundamental biological processes and the development of new programs designed to equip a new generation with the tools they need to deal with the environmental devastation we’re facing.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, From Sea to Shining Sea, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Bright Beginnings – Underwater awesomeness and environmental opportunities
  2. Bioluminescence – Evolution in action
  3. The Eye-in-the-Sea – Glimpsing the unseen
  4. Grappling with a Coastline Crisis – Measuring toxicity and creating pollution maps
  5. Kids to the Rescue – A reason for optimism
  6. Existential Challenges – Global concerns and worthy precedents




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Ocean Enlightenment is also part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow CollectionConversations About The Environment, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.