Monday, February 3, 2014

The Coral Triangle: Hidden Wonder Exposed @AquariumPacific

Pictured: Live Coral / Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific

THE ‘RAINFOREST OF THE OCEAN’ WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC ON 2/5/14: DON'T MISS IT!

A special treat is arriving at the Aquarium of the Pacific on 2/5/14!

One of the Aquarium of the Pacific's many experts, Dr. Paul Barber, has just returned from Indonesia.  He is showcasing his photos and findings about the diverse marine life of the Coral Triangle.

What is the Coral Triangle?  The Coral Triangle is a geographical term so named as it refers to a roughly triangular area of the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that contain at least 500 species of reef-building corals in each eco-region.

Join Dr. Paul Barber as he takes you through a journey below the surface of the ocean to exotic destinations filled with colorful marine life, and learn about Indonesia’s Coral Triangle with a new exhibit and lecture at the Aquarium. The public is invited to join Dr. Paul Barber as he discusses the Coral Triangle and experiences while working in this diverse region of the ocean. 

Dr. Barber is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he teaches marine science. Fifteen years ago, Barber began studying marine biodiversity in Indonesia, which is part of a greater region known as the Coral Triangle. The Coral Triangle is home to a marine environment so diverse that it rivals that of an Amazonian rainforest. Despite its biodiversity, Dr. Barber realized that this was one of the least-studied marine environments on the planet, as well as one of the most threatened.

In 2004 Dr. Barber launched The Diversity Project, a program aimed at increasing research on Indonesian biodiversity while promoting the diversity of students entering marine science. In 2005, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his efforts.

Paul Barber / Photo Courtesy of Paul Barber

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