Discover fascinating facts about fish behavior—fun for the whole family!
Take a fascinating look at amazing fishes of the world with Judith Weis, professor of biological sciences at Rutgers University at Do Fish Sleep? Fascinating Answers to Questions About Fishes on Saturday, December 10, 7:00 PM.
From the fifty-one-foot whale shark Rhincodon typus to a less-than-one-half-inch fish in the minnow family—the tiny Paedocypris progenetica—fish certainly carry a lot of weight . . . or do they?
“A fish’s heft in water may vary, but these diverse aquatic animals certainly carry a lot of weight in our ecosystems and environment,” says Dr. Judith Weis. Her presentation Do Fish Sleep?, based on her new book by the same name, offers a fascinating look at these deceptively simple creatures.
Dr. Weis is an expert on estuarine ecology, yet her presentation is anything but dull scholarship. She knows how to make fish facts fun! “Fish actually possess attributes that would make us superpowers—they can change color, sex, produce light and electricity, regenerate injured fins, prevent themselves from sinking, and some can even walk on land,” says Weis.
Do Fish Sleep? features dozens of photographs and interesting facts from fish biology basics to the importance of preserving and restoring fish diversity and healthy populations. It promises to be a captivating evening for fish enthusiasts of all ages-naturalists, environmentalists, aquarists, scuba divers, and students—as well as for those just about to get their feet wet.
Signed copies of Do Fish Sleep? will be available for sale.
“Fish, fish, and more fish—from minnows to sharks, mountain streams to ocean bottoms, and teeth to tail fins, if it's a fish question, it's answered here.”
— John Waldman, author of Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor
About Judith Weis
Dr. Judith S. Weis is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, Newark. She received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University, and MS and PhD from New York University. Her research focuses mostly on estuarine ecology and she has published a book on salt marshes (Salt Marshes: A Natural and Unnatural History) in 2009 and a book on fish (Do Fish Sleep?) published in 2011.
She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), was a Congressional Science Fellow with the U.S, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Indonesia in 2006. She has been on numerous advisory committees for USEPA, NOAA and the National Research Council and is currently chair of the Science Advisory Board of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. She was the Chair of the Biology Section of AAAS, served on the boards of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), and the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), of which she was the President in 2001.