The Desert Sea

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My most ambitious and exciting project is to transform the 700,000 gallon ocean biome at the Biosphere 2 into a living model of the Gulf of California.   We want to show our visitors and school groups the close connections between the amazing Sonoran desert and the amazing Gulf of California.

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And we want to display some of the amazing life forms of the Gulf.

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It will also be a great platform for marine research and marine technology testing, because Biosphere 2 is wholly unique in the world as a large scale ecological mesocosm–a place that captures some of the complexity of nature, but has the control of a laboratory.

PMI_B2_Wide-7704We’ve already gotten started by renovating an old dark ocean gallery into a bright space that tells the amazing parallel stories of the Gulf and the Biosphere 2 ocean.  The gallery also features the Return to the Sea of Cortez exhibit about a 2004 expedition I was on to retrace the famous trip of John Steinbeck and my hero, the marine biologist Ed Ricketts, to the Gulf in 1940.

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The Desert Sea project is huge, but that’s exactly what Biosphere 2 was built to do–tackle big environmental challenges in unprecedented ways.

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Right now, we are thick into the planning and fundraising stages, so if you want to help out with either, please contact me:

 

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