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Institute on Ecosystems lecture brings marine ecologist to museum on Oct. 29

October 17, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Rafe Sagarin, an ecologist and author from the University of Arizona, will share his ideas on what humans can learn from nature at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

Sagarin, author of “Learning from the Octopus: Unleashing Nature’s Secrets of Adaptability to Survive and Thrive,” is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and a marine ecologist. He has consulted with organizations from the American Red Cross to the U.S. Department of Defense to marketing executives from the world's largest corporations on how they can unleash the natural power of adaptability to survive and thrive in an unpredictable world.

Sagarin asks questions, such as: Which secrets from nature can assist us in fighting terrorist attacks, natural disasters and disease? How can biological concepts such as adaptability and symbiosis help businesses and organizations thrive? Can observing animals improve our human leadership skills?

The talk is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served prior to the talk. The lecture is part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems' Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series.

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems is a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. For more information, visit

Contact: Martha Sellers, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, (406) 994-7568,