Properties of the Deep Scattering Layer Analyzed in Terms of Bioluminescent Behavior of Its Components.
Rept. for 1 Mar 69-28 Feb 84,
CALIFORNIA UNIV SANTA BARBARA DEPT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
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Bioluminescence provides and avenue to study cellular mechanisms of effector organ excitation and, at a higher lever of integration, may be used as a tracer of complex behavior, one which is especially valuable in the non-obtrusive study of behavior of nocturnal and deep-sea organisms. Our interest in bioluminescence began with the classical organism of this field of research, the firefly, which, after my introduction to marine biology, has had to share my interest with the infinitely rich and profoundly unknown relative to terrestrial bioluminescence bioluminescence of the oceans. ONR initially supported both work on terrestrial and marine bioluminescence, recognizing, I believe, that terrestrial systems, being so well known, might serve as guides to the study of more difficultly accessible marine systems. Thus, included in this report are investigations on fireflies which are still in progress.
- Biological Oceanography