Nestled in one of the most remote areas of West Virginia known as the Birthplace of West Virginia, you’ll find an incredible teacher who opens up the world to her AP Biology high school students.
"Despite being the second largest county in West Virginia, we have one of the smallest populations. Most of the county is comprised of state and national forest; It’s a biologist's dream. I moved here in 1990 and have never left.”
Kathy White, has been transcending socio economic barriers for 27 years at Pocahontas H.S. Find out more about how she inspires students to pursue a lifetime love of science and sense of environmental protection.
Imagine a 13-year old kid riding the bus with his Scuba gear. That was Steve Haddock, who grew up in Southern California. Exploring tidepools, the beach, and the ocean was Steve's favorite thing. Bored with Engineering college Steve delved into biology classes which was a 'winning combination' for researching the deep sea. Steve’s advisors, who studied bioluminescence and the deep sea, opened the door for him to follow his passion as a marine scientist. The light Steve sheds on bioluminescence of the deep sea is impressive, indeed.
The Illuminating World of the Ctenophore
Ctenophore is a small and absolutely beautiful creature. Known as comb jellies, they use eight longitudinal rows of cilia for locomotion. When the cilia beat, light is scattered, producing a rainbow of colors.
The beating combs act like a prism, breaking the light into its color components. Some species of comb jellies (like so many animals in the deep sea) make their own light, called bioluminescence.
Bones, Brawn & Brains