Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bioluminescence Binge

Last week, before our planned field trip to the American Museum of Natural History to see the new Creatures of Light exhibit about bioluminescent organisms, Mikro and I did some reading and research on the topic. He was very excited to make a book of drawings of his favorite bioluminescent critters. He's still working on labeling them and composing a little blurb about each, but here are some of his drawings:

Here are some of the resources we used or are using for the topic:


Glow-in-the-dark Animals by Kris Hirschmann.
Fireflies by Sally M. Walker.
Fireflies in Nature and the Laboratory by Lynn Poole.
The Winking, Blinking Sea : All About Bioluminescence by Mary Batten.
Aglow in the Dark : the Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence by Vincent Pieribone.
Living Lanterns; Luminescence in Animals; by Hilda Simon.
Ocean (American Museum of Natural History) by Robert Dinwiddie, Philip Eales, Sue Scott and Michael Scott.


TED Talk: Dr. Edith Widder: The Weird and Wonderful World of Bioluminescence

Dr. Widder on using bioluminescence to fight pollution

Glowing tadpoles as pollution detectors

TED TALK: Dr. Edith Widder: Glowing Life in an Underwater World

Living Light

Bioluminescence from Sea and Sky

More than Meets the Eye

How stuff works bioluminescence

TEDTalk: David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments

TED Talk: David Gallo: Life in the Deep Oceans

How the Jelly Got Its Glow

A Bioluminescence song from AMNH

Giant squid curriculum and teacher background material.

Basic bioluminescence

Science photo library

Growing dinoflagellates at home

Glowing mushrooms

Marine Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence: Nature's Bright Idea

The Bioluminescence Webpage

Jelly Watch

Bioluminescence Lesson Plan from Nat Geo

Bioluminescence videos

The Jellies Zone

Deep Sea Ecosystem from AMNH

AMNH Bio Bulletin

Dive Into Worlds Within the Sea interactive

Journey to the Bottom of the Sea interactive

It Takes All Kinds to Make a World (Ocean biodiversity interactive)

AMNH Oceans Booklist

Investigate the Giant Squid

Explore deep oceans curriculum

Jellies Down Deep

We got to see the AMNH exhibit this Sunday, and really enjoyed it.

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