Dr. Oakley specializes in the evolution of vision, eyes, and uses of light across the animal kingdom. Among his many research interests, he has explored how the use of bioluminescence to communicate with mates has lead to increased species diversity in different kinds of animals such as fireflies, octopuses, and many other animals.

His presentation will highlight his studies on evolution and diversification of “sea fireflies” in the Caribbean. These tiny animals emerge near reefs at night and release bioluminescence in tiny globs of mucus for courtship displays. Professor Oakley is in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara.

The seminar will begin at 7pm in OIMB’s Boat House Auditorium. Please park on Boat Basin Dr. and walk north, past the USCG housing.