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Milstein Science Series

Island Life

April 14, 2013

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From the Cocos Island off the coast of Costa Rica to the famed Galapagos, oceanic islands foster a vast array of cultures, wondrous biodiversity, and diverse environments.  Their pristine waters are home to fascinating species, ranging from sharks to corals, while the islands themselves feature a variety of plant and animal life, much of which is uniquely endemic to specific islands and others yet to be discovered. 


What's Happening: 

11 am–4 pm | Exploration Stations

Take a look at museum collections of fish, artifacts and more with scientists Tara Cox from the Department of Anthropology, Kate Hanson from the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, and Robert Schelly from the Department of Ichthyology.

11 am–4 pm | Message in a Bottle installation by artist Asher Jay.

Created to commemorate World Oceans Day, June 8, 2012, this art installation offers discrete vessels in the form of hand-painted plastic PET bottles (post-consumer waste) to an eclectic portfolio of enterprising individuals who have unconditionally pledged their energies, cognitive faculties, personal funds, and lives toward the conservation of the world’s oceans so they can channel their respective messages to a broader audience through this art. Some of the voices included are more interdisciplinary in their approach but still care tremendously for the planet’s 70 percent. Each bottle has been custom-illustrated to augment the specific voice represented by it and is displayed as a mobile object.

Noon and 3 pm | Experience a live-animal encounter with zoologist and naturalist Jarod Miller

1 pm | Meet the Experts - Join scientists Jenny Newell, Christopher Filardi, and Chris Meyer as they discuss island species with a focus on current discoveries, island adventures, and cutting-edge science. Followed by an audience Q&A.

A new film about the work of Museum scientists on South Pacific coral reefs, Reefs Illuminated premieres during the Milstein Science Series: Island Life program at 11 am, and will run continuously until 4 pm. (The film will also run during Museum hours from Monday, April 15, through Friday, May 3.)


Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

The Milstein Science Series is proudly sponsored by the Irma and Paul Milstein Family.

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