The Academy's 2011 Hearst Expedition to the Philippines
Terry Gosliner, Dean of Science
Meg Burke, Director of Education
Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00pm
The Academy recently returned from one of the largest field expeditions in its history having sent shallow water, deep water, terrestrial and education teams to the Philippines to continue our study of one of the greatest biodiversity hotspots in the world. Please join us for a co-presentation from our Dean of Science and Director of Education as they talk about their finding and the ongoing international efforts that the Academy has forged with the scientists and educators in the Philippines.
Meg Burke is Director of Teacher and Youth Education at the California Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Terrence Gosliner is Senior Curator and Dean of Science and Research Collections at the California Academy of Sciences where he has worked since 1982. His research on the systematics, phylogenetics and comparative biology nudibranchs and other sea slugs, has focused on the implications of phylogenetic studies to understanding the evolution of shell-loss, mimicry and other comparative aspects of the evolution of this group of marine organisms. He has studied the diversity of these mollusks along the California coast for more than forty years. Most recently, this work employs evolutionary studies to develop new strategies for conservation of Philippine reefs in the center of the center of marine biodiversity. He has developed key collaborations with research institutions, conservation organizations and large public exhibits to bring these findings to diverse audiences.
Terry Gosliner, Dean of Science at the California Academy of Sciences,
discusses two of the major discoveries his team made while exploring the
shallow seas of the Philippines. In addition to a new species of worm,
he describes a common species he found exhibiting some very uncommon
behavior. "This worm was not an herbivore, it was a voracious predator,"