Marine algae like seaweed and kelp help oxygenate the ocean, create habitat for other organisms, and from the base of a critical food web for life on Earth. In her new book The Curious World of Seaweed, artist Josie Iselin combines essays and imagery to explore seaweed and kelp from the Pacific coast. She will discuss how her interest in art and science brought her to study seaweed and introduce a few women scientists who were crucial in broadening our understanding of the oceans. She will also share her imagery of seaweeds collected from California’s coastline and beaches. Iselin uses a flatbed scanner and computer for generating imagery and exhibits large-scale fine art prints at select galleries and museums.