Birds of Paradise Revealed
- Tim Laman, Photographer and Biologist
- Ed Scholes, Ornithologist
Tim Laman has earned a reputation for capturing images of nearly impossible subjects—from animals that glide through rainforest canopies to some of the most rare and endangered birds in the world. His pioneering research in Borneo led to a Ph.D. from Harvard, and his photography has been featured in eighteen National Geographic stories.
Working with Cornell University ornithologist Ed Scholes, who has been conducting field research on the birds of paradise for over ten years, Laman’s latest work focuses on these unique and majestic species, found deep in the New Guinea wilderness. Evolved to attract mates with their extraordinarily colorful feathers, which they display in dances executed with ballerina-like grace, the birds paradise are a living laboratory of natural selection.
In this stunning presentation tied to their book Birds of Paradise Revealed, these intrepid scientists share remarkable photographs and video to reveal—for the first time—all 39 species, including their colorful plumage, secret lives, bizarre displays, and dazzling courtship antics. Join Laman and Scholes as they recount their wild and hairy adventures in the New Guinea rainforest in search of some of nature’s most extraordinary wonders. And explore the fascinating scientific questions around how such extreme creatures and behaviors could have evolved.
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About the speakers
- 2016 Grand Prize winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year
- First person to photograph all 39 birds of paradise species in the wild, leading to a feature article, book, and museum exhibit.
- His photography has been featured in 18+ National Geographic stories.
- Evolutionary biologist who does fieldwork in remote tropical forests
- Co-author of Birds of Paradise with photographer Tim Laman
- Completed postdoctoral fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City
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