Lights Out: The Effects of Light Pollution on Bird Health
This Zoom webinar aired April 12, 2023, as part of the "Shared Planet, Shared Health" series.
Ever-lit landscapes, a hallmark of industrialization, now cover much of the Earth’s surface — but humans and other animals need the dark. Exposure to artificial light at night can disrupt organisms' physiological processes with implications for health and conservation.
In this video, biologist Valentina Alaasam discusses her work examining the effects of light pollution on the health of birds and what that research can teach us about how animals adapt to a changing environment where more light at night is the new normal.
Moderator: Ashley Peery, educator for the exhibition, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Webinar Series: Shared Planet, Shared Health
Our virtual "Shared Planet, Shared Health" programs spotlight leading research on the interconnection between humans, nonhuman animals, plants, and their shared environment. These programs feature a presentation by an expert followed by an audience Q&A session moderated by Ashley Peery, educator for the Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.