Symposium on a bioluminescent bay in Salt River Bay, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Dr. Latz participated in a symposium reporting on scientific results of two projects studying the ecology of a ‘new’ bioluminescent bay in the Salt River, St. Croix. His research, supported by the St. Croix Environmental Association, involved field work by citizen scientists to study bioluminescence and water quality from June-December 2013. Measured bioluminescence was as bright as Mosquito Bay, Vieques, … Read More

Presentation on art and science for Art & Nature program

I was invited by the Laguna Art Museum to participate in their Art & Nature program the weekend of November 9, 2013. I joined two artists in first giving presentations of our ‘work’ and then answering questions from the audience. Later there was a reception and plenary lecture by historian Kevin Starr, who talked about the history of art and … Read More

Bioluminescence exhibit as public art in Santa Monica

Glow, a one-night public art festival in Santa Monica on Saturday September 28, 2013 that attracted more than 150,000 people to view 15 ‘out of the box’ interactive art exhibits, was located right on the beach surrounding the Santa Monica pier: In collaboration with LA artist Glenn Kaino, we developed a bioluminescence wishing well. Visitors waited in line for … Read More

Red Tide in La Jolla

We are having an amazing red tide in La Jolla Bay. The water is discolored from dense numbers of the dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum, which has long been known as a source of red tides in southern California. But just wait until tonight – it should be excellent viewing for its bioluminescence. Just find a dark beach and enjoy the light … Read More

[FILLED] Seeking Postdoctoral Researcher in Cell Mechanics

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research position examining the morphological basis of mechanical sensitivity in bioluminescent marine cells. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research group that studies the relationship between cell mechanics using atomic force microscopy, cell morphology using laser confocal microscopy, and physiological sensitivity using microfluidics. Whole-cell bioluminescence is used as a reporter of mechanical stress. … Read More