One Cubic Foot of Biodiversity


Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an exhibit of photographer David Littschwager's work at Cavallo Point Lodge near Sausalito, California. Littschwager is known for his images of flora and fauna around the world. His most recent work, known as "One Cubic Foot," depicts wildlife from ecosystems worldwide. In each location, Littschwager photographed every species he could find in a cubic foot. The resulting images are a lifelike index of biodiversity. When blown up in proportion, the tiny beetles, crabs, and centipedes are revealed in their true glory; many of these creatures boast vibrant colors and patterns that would be unnoticed without Littschwager's perceptive lens.

The exhibit at Cavallo Point featured images taken on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia, where Seacology has provided support for a marine reserve and which we recently visited on an expedition to French Polynesia. On Moorea, Littschwager collaborated with the Moorea Biocode Project, an impressive undertaking supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The goal of the project is to create a library of every plant, animal, and fungi species on the island of Moorea. With Littschwager finding so many creatures in just one cubic foot, the biocode project certainly has its work cut out. When they finish, the project will be a valuable resource for ecologists, marine biologists, and island enthusiasts alike. 

On Moorea, Littschwager chose to depict the biodiversity found in one of the island's coral reefs. His images include clams, starfish, crabs, and other marine wildlife, many of which are strikingly beautiful. They are a powerful reminder of just how many amazing plants and animals are protected in every cubic foot that Seacology supports. 

If you are near the Bay Area, be sure to stop by Cavallo Point to see Littschwager's exhibit. You can also see his work in the March 2010 issue of National Geographic, or on the magazine's website

Image from Wikimedia Commons 


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