For 40 years, natural history author, communicator, and speaker Paul Erickson has shared his adventures around the world with audiences of all ages. He initiates conversations that reconnect people with nature through lifelong learning.
During his colorful, entertaining presentations, Paul blends his photography, artwork and video with the music of Debussy and other classical composers. The music was recorded live by world-renowned concert organist David Briggs at Paul Erickson Studios.
In this lively 45-minute show/discussion, discover how sea creatures are helping engineers and scientists to develop non-addictive pain killers, fiber optics, powerful adhesives, high- tech real-time invisibility cloaks, and more.
DAZZLE: How Nature Uses Color to Attract, Repel, Disguise, and Fool
This live show takes you on an entertaining 45-minute visual journey from nearby gardens and woodlands to distant reefs and deserts, orchestrated to some of the world’s greatest musical compositions. See how a fantastic diversity of living things around the world use millions of colors to attract, warn, confuse, and fool. Designed for ages 12—adult.
Scheduling and Contact Information
Paul Erickson at 978-979-0029
Trained in biology, natural history author, communicator, and photographer Paul Erickson worked at the New England Aquarium for 26 years. He also served as an on-camera correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America, WBZ-TV’s Eyewitness News and Evening Magazine, Westinghouse Broadcasting’s Superkids with Tom Bergeron, and the Comcast Network’s Nitebeat with Barry Nolan.
During his diving adventures, Paul has photographed underwater habitats in the Red Sea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Belize, the Philippines, New England and Loch Ness, Scotland.
His latest books published by Tilbury House are Don’t Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures and The Pier at the End of the World, which won a National Science Teachers Association K-12 Outstanding Science Tradebook Award for 2016 and a 2015 Skipping Stones Magazine Honor Award. Also, he co-authored Dive to the Coral Reefs—a PBS Reading Rainbow selection.
Paul is a most delightful presenter! His photos are vivid and entertaining, but even more important, he so easily and naturally engages with his audience. Many residents raved about his remarkable program—that it was the best presentation they’ve experienced here.
AVIV CENTER FOR LIVING
You add so much to the atmosphere and create just a wonderfully fun experience for all.
NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM
Thank you so much for such a wonderful program.
CAPE COD NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Your underwater photography of marine life in various parts of the world was magnificent.
MASSACHUSETTS ASSOC. OF SCIENCE SUPERVISORS
We couldn’t get over how amazing your pictures were. All of the students and teachers loved the show.
Thank you so much for your wonderful program last night—there was a lot of joy at the library!
LYNNFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY
What a wonderful service you shared with us. I have been thinking about your words today and consciously noticing all the things I appreciate in our natural world.
FIRST PARISH CHURCH, BEVERLY, MA
Thank you so much for putting on such an entertaining show for our SMA community. Everyone really enjoyed seeing and learning about the ocean.
SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY SEAN W. VENEZIA FOUNDATION
You open our eyes to nature’s beauty through amazing small moments caught in your camera in their full beauty.