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Josie Iselin, "The Curious World of Seaweed"

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The Bay Model Visitor Center

2100 Bridgeway

Sausalito, CA 94965

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View spectacular images while listening to Josie Iselin as she shares what we can learn from and about these supreme eco-engineers of life!

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Join us for a fascinating evening with Josie Iselin, photographer, author and book designer as she shares some of the knowledge and insights she’s gained while writing her latest book, The Curious World of Seaweed.

Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the oceans, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. In this beautiful volume, Josie Iselin explores both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region along our Pacific Coast. Historical botanical illustrations and Iselin's signature portraits of each specimen reveal their vibrant colors—whether rosy, "olivaceous," or grass-green—and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry, and magic.

Josie will describe her path as an artist into the science of seaweed and share a few seaweed stories, introducing a few women scientists who were crucial in broadening our understanding of the oceans. Projections of Josie’s spectacular imagery of seaweeds—collected from her constant wanderings along our California coastline and beaches—will help explain the science and impart the wonder of this ocean universe.

This evening we’ll also enjoy a special screening of the short film “Why Seagoers Hate the Color Purple”, 1st place winner of the International Ocean Film Festival Annual Student Film Competition. This film discusses the decline of bull kelp along Northern California coastlines. Filmmaker Kaden Anderson will be on hand for a question and answer session following the short film.

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This event is open to the public. Admission is free. REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED as we expect a high level of interest! We’ll reserve seats for Eventbrite registrants.

Donations at the door are encouraged and appreciated, $10 general, $5 students. Donations support education programs that build an appreciation for whales, dolphins, and porpoises, and research grants which help the next generation of marine scientists deepen understanding of threats to cetaceans and find solutions to protect and conserve them.

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