Lecture: Serendipity -- An Ecologist's Quest to Understand Nature

Join Dr. James Estes, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, for a lecture based on his recently published book, Serendipity: An Ecologist’s Quest to Understand Nature.

Serendipity is an exploration of the ideas and beliefs underlying ecology’s most fundamental objective—to understand the distribution and abundance of species—based on a lifetime of research on one particular species (the sea otter) and its associated ecosystem (coastal kelp forests of the North Pacific Ocean). 

Dr. Estes will talk about the research he has done over the past half century; explain how the science was actually done; and recount some of the more personal dimensions to his life’s journey—the thrill of adventure, the excitement of discovery, and the despair that inevitably accompanies these high points from the bumps along the way.

Admission is $5 (free for Museum Members)