Travis Longcore in The Atlantic: The Dark Side of Light
By the turn of the millennium, ecologists were taking notice too. In 2002, the American researchers Travis Longcore and Catherine Rich organized the first conference on the ecological consequences of artificial light at night. That meeting, and a research textbook that Longcore and Rich published afterward, are widely considered the genesis of interest in the environmental-science community. But ecological research on artificial light was still a niche subject.