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Seahorses at the Varnum

An illustrated talk by Sara Lourie, PhD, author of 'Seahorses: A Life-Size Guide to Every Species'.

Seahorses are such unusual looking creatures it is hard to believe that they are actually fish. They have captured the imagination of humans for thousands of years, are among the only animals where the male gets pregnant, are threatened by over-exploitation and habitat loss, and are iconic ambassadors for marine conservation. Sara Lourie, an expert on seahorse taxonomy and author of a recently published book about the 40+ species of seahorses, will introduce us to these amazing animals - the myths, and the realities. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and books available for purchase.

Saturday 5th November 2016, 3:30pm
Presented in collaboration with the Cambridge Conservation Commission


Sara Lourie, PhD, received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Oxford University. She is passionate about the natural world, and has done fieldwork in many countries on diverse topics ranging from moss and poplar physiology, to gall wasps, squirrels, superb fairy wrens, Soay sheep and seahorses. She has been working on seahorse taxonomy since 1997, and received her PhD from McGill University for her thesis on genetic connections among seahorse populations throughout Southeast Asia. She is an Associate Researcher with Project Seahorse at the University of British Columbia, and an Associate and Honorary Curator at the Redpath Museum at McGill University. Currently she resides in Jeffersonville, Vermont where she is on the board of the Cambridge Conservation Commission, teaches afterschool classes and works closely with Lembaga JARI, a marine conservation organization based in Lombok, Indonesia.

Earlier Event: November 3
Story time & crafts with LN
Later Event: November 6
YA Game Night