Mountains have risen, continents have moved, rivers have hurtled to the ocean, and over millions of years, the Bay Area has taken shape. Cyclical interactions over deep time give rise to the Bay Area’s great diversity of life forms and support them today. In this online talk, author Mary Ellen Hannibal will expand on her POST blog: “What Makes the Bay Area a Biodiversity Hotspot?”. She will discuss the official hotspot designation with a focus on physical features that make our home both beautiful and fecund. She will highlight some native species with special stories to tell, emphasizing the interconnectedness of life across time and the role of large landscape conservation in sustaining ancient relationships.
Mary Ellen Hannibal is a nationally acclaimed and award-winning Bay Area science and culture writer and was a speaker in POST’s 2016 Wallace Stegner Lecture series. She writes for Bay Nature, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Nautilus, Science, Anthropocene, and many other publications. Her book, Citizen Scientist, was a 2016 Nautilus Award winner in Ecology & Environment. You can learn more about her work on her website.
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Peninsula Open Space Trust protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since 1977, POST has protected over 80,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.