Steph Yin

Contributing Writer

The helmet jellyfish (Periphylla periphylla) uses bioluminescence for defense.

In the Deep, Clues to How Life Makes Light

December 1, 2016

Bioluminescent organisms have evolved dozens of times over the course of life’s history. Recent studies are narrowing in on the complicated biochemistry needed to illuminate the dark.

About the author

Steph Yin is a freelance science journalist and contributor to The New York Times. Her work has also appeared in Popular Science, VICE, Scientific American and other publications.