Call of the light draws Western student to study bioluminescent plankton

Many people think that the ocean’s greatest mysteries are in the depths, but one Western student is searching for them in the shallows of the Salish Sea. 

Lucy Greeley, a fourth-year Marine and Coastal Science major, is studying the bioluminescent plankton in the waters in and around Bellingham Bay this summer. She is working with the Community Boating Center in Fairhaven and her advisor, WWU Associate Professor of Environmental Science Robin Kodner, famous for her work on the pink snow algae in the North Cascades, to collect the plankton and examine their DNA and determine their…