This is a biogeomorphic model of succession in California's beach plant community told through modern improvisational dance and represents one chapter of my dissertation. The full title of my dissertation is "California Beach Plant Biogeography: biogeomorphology and ecological succession, effects of foot-traffic concentration, and low-altitude aerial photography", but this dance just explains the biogeomorphology and ecological succession part of the whole thing.
Some of the people in this video are dancers trained in a number of techniques and some of them are members of the community who learned to dance the day the video was shot. The group ranges in age from 5 to over 80; some are scientists, some are poets, some are kids who go to school. We're proud of the fact that we think everyone can and should dance, especially dancing science.