Dinoflagellates: Bioluminescent Creatures of the Sea Outline Draft #1

This topic submitted by Samantha Panzero ( panzersa@miamioh.edu) at 6:52 PM on 6/2/07.

The back of our truck was home on San Salvador in the Bahamas

Tropical Field Courses -Western Program-Miami University

Picture this. As you sail into the night a magical iridescent glow amidst the waves surrounds your boat. You may wonder the origin of these mysterious lights, seek no further. These glimmering lights are produced by bioluminescent dinoflagellates agitated by the ship. The first time I encountered this scene I was sailing on a Tall Ship schooner in the Bahamas. During the Tropical Marine Ecology course I hope to see the dinoflagellates once more but in a different light.

Dinoflagellates: Bioluminescent creatures of the Sea

I. Introduction
A. Brief description
i. Where they can be found.
ii. Categories

II. General information
A. Body structure
B. Lifecycle
i Reproduction
ii Predators
iii. Prey

III. Bioluminescence
A. Characteristics
i. Physical
ii. Chemical Properties
B. Other species that have this adaptation
i. Purpose

IV. Role in the environment
A. Importance to marine life
I. Symbiotic partners
ii. Primary producers
B. Dangers: “Red Tides”
i. Poses to environment and marine life
ii. Human hazards

V. Other
i. Studies

VI. Conclusion


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Shimomura, Osamu. Bioluminescence: Chemical Principles and Methods. New York: World Science Publishing Co. 2006.

Bioluminescent Page

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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