The Curious World of Seaweed
Free for REI Members
Free for non-members
- Group size 30 people
- Instructor Author Josie Iselin
The Curious World of Seaweed is Josie's newest book published by Heyday Books and released August 2019. 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. 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. Throughout the writings are historical botanical illustrations and Iselin's signature portraits of each specimen that 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 from her newest book, highlighting why and how these foundational organisms succeed in their ocean niche.