National Geographic
Student Matinee

Beauty & the Bizarre

Photograph by Anand Varma

  • April 13, 2018

  • 10 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Regular $5.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Student Matinee

Be amazed by the world’s smallest wonders. Biologist turned photographer Anand Varma shares dramatic, bizarre, and beautiful images to reveal the secret world of the miniature life around us. Students will see natural history come into microscopic focus, from a parasitic wasp consuming a caterpillar, to the secret life cycle of a honeybee, and the lighting-fast behaviors of hummingbirds.


Photograph by Mark Thiessen

Anand Varma


Biologist turned photographer ANAND VARMA tells the story behind the science on everything from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian diseases and mangrove forests. He started photographing natural history subjects while studying integrative biology at UC Berkeley, and spent several years assisting other photographers before receiving a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to document the wetlands of Patagonia. He has since become a regular contributor to National Geographic and his first story, “Mindsuckers,” was featured on the November 2014 cover of the magazine.

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