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Public Lecture: Stunning Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World

URI Coastal Institute
Kingston Campus
April 12, 2018

Book Image - Life at the EdgeYou can’t see them with the naked eye, but microbes thrive everywhere in our world, from gardens and kitchens to the harshest environments on the planet.

URI’s Metcalf Institute and the Graduate School of Oceanography co-hosted a public lecture and book signing – Life at the Edge of Sight: a Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World – featuring co-authors Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter on Thursday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium, located in the Coastal Institute on the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus at 1 Greenhouse Road.

The book, filled with amazing photographic images, gives the reader a stunning visual glimpse of the inhabitants of an invisible world, from the pioneering findings of a seventeenth-century visionary to magnificent close-ups of the inner workings and cooperative communities of Earth’s most prolific organisms. Lecture attendees saw the dazzling display of pigments produced by microbes.

Life at the Edge of Sight opens a beautiful new frontier for readers to explore through words and images. Using cutting-edge imaging technologies, Chimileski and Kolter led us through breakthroughs and unresolved questions scientists hope microbes will answer soon. They also explained how microbial studies have clarified the origins of life on Earth, guided thinking about possible life on other planets, unlocked evolutionary mechanisms, and helped explain the functioning of complex ecosystems.

Kolter is a professor of microbiology and immunology at Harvard Medical School. Chimileski is a photographer and research fellow in Kolter’s laboratory.

The event was part of Metcalf Institute’s 20th anniversary celebration.

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