The Curious World of Seaweed

The Curious World of Seaweed

The Curious World of Seaweed

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
book cover of the curious world of seaweed in large yellow text with blue background

The Curious World of Seaweed is Josie Iselin's newly released book. Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the oceans, 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 explores both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region along our Pacific Coast. Historical botanical illustrations and Iselin's signature portraits of each specimen 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, introducing some women scientists who were crucial in broadening our understanding of the oceans. Projections of Josie’s spectacular imagery of seaweeds—collected from her constant wanderings along our California coastline and beaches—will help explain the science and impart the wonder of this ocean universe.


When - Saturday, December 14th

Where - Bear Valley Visitor Center Auditorium 

10:30 - 11:30 Book Talk then signing

1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Rd

Point Reyes Station 94956 

No Registration; Walk ins Welcome 



BIO: Josie Iselin is the photographer, author and designer of many books exploring our coastal universe. Her newest book, The Curious World of Seaweed, is an ambitious combination of essays and historical as well as contemporary imagery that explores the algal world just beyond the beach. Josie holds a BA in visual and environmental studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. For over twenty-five years she has used her flatbed scanner and computer for generating imagery. Iselin exhibits large-scale fine art prints at select galleries and museums, advocates for ocean health through education, and speaks widely on the confluence of art and science.

an aerial view of the Point Reyes headlands with a green-topped bluffs overlooking the ocean.