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Lab and Lunch: Following in Rickett’s Footsteps

Tracing the Spectacular Life of the Central California Coastline

Friday, September 22, 2017 • Noon–1:00 p.m.

Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

Free, RSVP required. Email reserve@exploratorium.edu or call 415.528.4444 and choose option 5.

All Ages

For more than 50 years, marine biologist John Pearse has been donning rubber boots or a wetsuit and leading fellow researchers, students, and citizen scientists in an intimate and long-term study of tide pools, sandy beaches, and kelp forests in California. Like others before him, including famed marine biologist Ed “Doc” Ricketts, Dr. Pearse has devoted his life and career to studying marine invertebrates in their natural environment, with the aim of understanding how individual organisms fit into complex communities and how those communities have changed over time.

Through stories and photographs, assembled with his wife and science partner, Vicki, John will trace his early work at Hopkins Marine Station, near the old stomping grounds of Ed Ricketts, and his long career at the University of California, Santa Cruz. This work continues with LiMPETS (Long-Term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students), a program John helped establish in 2002 that engages high school students and citizen scientists in long-term observation of coastal ecosystems.

Come join John and Vicki for a public discussion of the natural history of coastal California as we kick off our weekend symposium about Ed Ricketts and his interest in the ecological communities of San Francisco Bay.

About the Speaker

Born in Boise, Idaho, John Pearse got his PhD at Stanford University and is an emeritus professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz. He has studied the reproduction and development of marine invertebrates in such diverse locations as McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, the Red Sea, and Monterey Bay. Together with his wife and colleague, Vicki Buchsbaum Pearse, he lives in Pacific Grove near his old diving grounds at Hopkins Marine Station.