Edie Widder Ph.D., 2005
Edie is a deep-sea biologist and certified submersible pilot. Her passion is bioluminescence and she is a world authority in the field. She has developed an array of innovative tools for studying marine bioluminescence and has participated in over 60 research expeditions, 39 as chief scientist. Besides authoring over 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications, she has written two children’s books and an award-winning educational video. She is President of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association and holds adjunct appointments at Johns Hopkins University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Florida Atlantic University and Florida Institute of Technology.