Working on Creatures of Light
Creatures of Light is a temporary exhibition that focuses on the incredible diversity of bioluminescent and biofluorescent organisms across the tree of life. It explores the evolution, function, and habitats of bioluminescent and biofluorescent animals, fungi, and single-cellular life. This 2013 exhibit will run at The Field Museum from March 7 until September 8. The exhibit was organized by The American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with The Field Museum and the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Our own What the Fish? contributor Leo Smith was the lead curator for the exhibit at The Field Museum, and Matthew Davis and Eric Ahlgren contributed to the content, development, and specimen presentation. The exhibit begins with terrestrial fungi and insects, eventually working its way down into the famous Bioluminescent Bay of Vieques Island (Puerto Rico) and the abyssal depths of the ocean. While the Creatures of Light exhibit is at The Field Museum, nearly 100 preserved bioluminescent fishes and invertebrates (jellyfishes, salps, squids, etc.) from our vast research collections have been mounted and presented in a 20+ feet long cabinet that beautifully displays these rarely seen animals (many shown above).
For the podcast, we discuss the development of the exhibit, focusing on the special specimen additions that are exclusive to The Field Museum. If you want to hear or read more about bioluminescence, check out Episode 3: You Light Up My Life.
So long, and thanks for all the fish!