- Designs and invents new submersible instrumentation and equipment to enable unobtrusive deep-sea observations.
- Co-Founder of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of marine ecosystems which helped clean up the Gulf Oil Spill.
- She explores the beauty and wonder of Bioluminescence in her presentation about her discovery and first photography of a giant squid.
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"Dr. Widder drew the audience into her work and mission with remarkable visuals that elicited oohs and ahhs."
"Her lecture was outstanding--what an impact!"