The Extreme Life of the Sea

The oceans are in peril, but there is still plenty of time to save them. Will people act? Maybe if they find out more about all the wonderful creatures that live at the extremes of the oceans.  Marine Biologist Stephen Palumbi and Novelist Anthony Palumbi explore the mysteries of the deep at Town Hall Seattle, Monday, January 26th at 7:30


The oceans are still remarkably wild. Not as wild as they were, not as rich in sea life as they once were, but still, compared to land, mass extinctions haven’t occurred and though mistakes are being made, we know what to do preserve the health of the oceans.   Stephen Palumbi   is a marine biologist at Stanford and head of the Palumbi Lab where they focus on ecological, evolutionary, and conservation questions about marine (and sometimes terrestrial) organisms and ecosystems.  He directs the Stanford University Hopkins Marine Station.  He is a graduate of the University of Washington. He is also a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation and  a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

Anthony Palumbi is a science writer and novelist.

Stephen Palumbi's previous books have looked at human impacts on evolution and the death and life of Monterey Bay.  His new book, co-written with his son, the novelist Anthony Palumbi is The Extreme Life of the Sea . The book reads like a novel, with characters identified as the oldest, fastest, smallest, hottest, oldest creatures of the sea.  Their goal was to create enough vivid characters and strong scenes to bring the oceans to life. Backed by strong science, readers can discover that sacrifices needed aren’t that great. What’s needed is a desire to do it.