The Curious World of Seaweed

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Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture

1199 9th Avenue

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The Curious World of Seaweed by Josie Iselin

Thursday, September 5, 7:00pm

Josie Iselin will join us for a discussion and signing of her beautiful new book, The Curious World of Seaweed.

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 where the Pacific Ocean converges with the North American continent--a place of incomparable richness. Each species receives a detailed description of its structure, ecological importance, and humans' scientific inquiry into it, told in scientifically illuminating yet deeply reverent and inspired prose.

Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the waters, 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. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic.

Josie Iselin is the photographer, author and designer of ten books, with new projects in development in her San Francisco studio, Loving Blind Productions. Her books focus on those forms in nature we find at hand and in particular, at the beach. Josie’s mission is to produce enticing, original and well-designed books that combine art and science, leaving the reader with new information about, and an appreciation for, the world around them. Josie continues her research into the ecology of the seaweed and sea otter native to our Western oceans. Josie holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University.

This free event will take place at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Library.

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