Highlighting the Noctiluca scintillans bloom that is currently plaguing the Arabian Sea, this rapid-growing algae has captured the attention of scientists Helga do Rosario Gomes, Joaquim Goes and their team at the Columbia University Lamont Laboratory. I was so honored to be able to commemorate the ground breaking research being done by this outstanding group. This deadly species, known for its bioluminescence, is so bright and widespread that it can be seen from space. My daughter, Zoe Berg, worked at the lab last summer and had conducted her senior thesis on this critical work.
This 36 x 48 inch oil painting, called “Sea Sparkle,” is an impression of one of the several satellite images captured by NASA.