A Revolution from the Heart of Nature

Please join Barbara Bosson, Anneke Campbell and Sara Nichols for the Tuesday, January 29, 2013, gathering of Los Angeles Bioneers, people dedicated to re-imagining the future of our planet. Bioneers are biological pioneers who are working with nature to heal nature and ourselves.

This month's guest speaker is Dr. Paul Barber, an Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA where he teaches marine science.

Inspired by shows like Wild Kingdom and The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, Paul grew up knowing he wanted to study life in the wild.  He started out studying salmon on Kodiak Island in Alaska, then went on to study spotted hyenas in Kenya's Masai Mara, and frogs in the canyons of the desert Southwest.

Fifteen years ago, Paul began studying marine biodiversity in Indonesia, part of a greater region known as the "Coral Triangle". The marine environment in this region is as vast and biologically diverse as Amazonian rain forests. Soon after starting his research here, Paul realized that this was one of the least studied marine environments on the planet--and one of the most threatened. To address this problem, Paul launched The Diversity Project in 2004, a program designed to increase research on Indonesian biodiversity while promoting the diversity of students entering marine science. In recognition of these efforts, in 2005, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Building on this program, Paul has continued to expand his research and education programs in Indonesia. In 2009, he co-founded the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center. This center brings together researchers and students from both Indonesia and the U.S.--to foster scientific collaboration and provide the data needed to support conservation efforts and help reverse the rapid decline of these spectacular habitats in Indonesia.

One of Paul's latest goals is to bring an awareness of the remarkable diversity of marine life found in the Coral Triangle to the global community. In addition to his ongoing research and education programs in Indonesia, Paul will begin working with the Aquarium of the Pacific this year, to develop new exhibits focused on this region, to bring attention to the beauty and threats facing the most biologically diverse marine environment in the world.

The evening starts at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at the wonderful G2 Gallery at 1503 Abbot Kinney Bl. in Venice. This beautiful space houses some of the most stunning nature photography you will ever see. There is both street parking and parking behind the building. Car pool if you can! Or ride a bike! Please try to arrive as close to 7 as possible so we can meet and mingle then get the program underway by 7:30.
RSVP to Sara at srnichols@mac.com if you are able to come. For more information about Bioneers, see www.bioneers.org.

It's all alive.
It's all connected.
It's all intelligent. It's all relatives.

As you may know, Sara serves on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Today UCS released a new video featuring two scientists--one who has usually voted for Republicans, the other for Democrats--who have come together to urge leaders of both parties to find bipartisan solutions to human-caused climate change. After you watch it, I hope you’ll pass it along to at least one person with a different political view from your own, and to other friends and family as well.
Here’s the link: www.ucsusa.org/commonground

Just in case you missed this about TreePeople founder and Bioneers presenter,
Andy Lipkis

Climate Heroes

January 29, 2013 at 7pm - 10pm
G2 Gallery
1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
United States
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