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One Cubic Foot: Miniature Surveys in Biodiversity 

When: Sept. 15-Jan. 27 2012

The staggeringly diverse ecology of the small is the subject of the renowned nature photographer and conservationist David Liittschwager in One Cubic Foot: Miniature Surveys in Biodiversity. After setting up open-sided metal-framed cubes in New York, Tennessee, South Africa, and French Polynsesia, he made elegant "formal portraits" of the creatures and plants that happened into his benign traps. An inventory of the waters near the Golden GateBridge yielded a similarly photographic bounty -- not one we should take for granted, of course: "There is still so much for us to save," says Liittschwager. On Oct. 5, he and Christopher Meyer of the Moorea Biocode Project discuss their database of French Polynesia's tropical life; on Dec. 7, the team that monitored the Golden Gate will discuss that project. One Cubic Foot runs through Jan. 27 at the HazelWolfGallery at DavidBrowerCenter (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley). 510-486-0286 or BrowerCenter.org

— DeWitt Cheng

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