Edith Widder is a MacArthur Fellow, deep-sea explorer and conservationist. She is a world authority on marine bioluminescence, racking up hundreds of dives in submersibles, as passenger and pilot. Dr. Widder has helped develop new tools for deep-sea exploration that have produced observations of animals and behaviors never seen before, including the first video of a giant squid filmed in its natural habitat. She has authored over 100 scientific papers and a book, Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea. As co-founder of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Dr. Widder has spearheaded the development of water quality monitoring systems and new methods of mapping pollution.
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