Life Aquatic

Life Aquatic

Photo from conservation biologist Joshua Drew’s expedition to Papua New Guinea in 2011.

Date: April 24, 2013
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
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Three-quarters of our planet is covered with water, but most of us are unaware of what lies just below the surface. Life under the sea can help us understand centuries of ecological change on our planet.

Join us for “Life Aquatic” and immerse yourself in the world of the fishes, past and present. Featured speaker Joshua Drew, Columbia University professor and conservation biologist, will focus on a pair of expeditions to Papua New Guinea, one in 1929 and one in 2011, made by scientists from Chicago’s Field Museum. Drew will show how specimens collected in the early 20th century can help today’s scientists understand and protect the vivid splendor of the coral reefs.

Then spend a little time with fish specimens, and create a lasting memory of your new aquatic friends through a lesson in gyotaku, traditional Japanese fish printing. Cap off your evening by taking a turn around our newest exhibit, X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out. Featuring X-rays of bony and cartilaginous fish made for research purposes, these strikingly elegant images demonstrate the natural union of science and art.

Presentations by Joshua Drew will take place at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. All other activities are ongoing throughout the evening.

Watching remotely? Visit at 5:30 p.m. to view the live webcast of Joshua Drew’s talk.

Joshua Drew is a lecturer in conservation biology and the administrator of the M.A. in Conservation Biology program at Columbia University. His work focuses on the biogeography, evolution, and conservation of coral-reef fishes in the South Pacific. He is also interested in the intersection of cultural and biological diversity and historical ecology of marine ecosystems.


MetLife Foundation

The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of this public program.

Philadelphia Science Festival

This event is presented as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, a citywide celebration of science and technology in everyday places—parks, restaurants, bars, libraries, and museums—running from April 18 to 28. More than 105 partners are working together to produce the festival, which is presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute.

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