UM to Screen Two Films on Biodiverse Mexican Wetlands

March 05, 2018

 MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host a free screening of two movies about the Cuatro Cienegas wetland systems of Mexico.

The short films, “Cuatro Cienegas” and “The Long Alchemy of Becoming,” will screen from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the North Underground Lecture Hall.

The wetlands in northern Mexico are a hotspot of biodiversity, home to more than 150 species found nowhere else on Earth. 

Featuring spectacular cinematography and original music scores, the films bring science and art together while reflecting on years of cooperation by international scientific teams to unlock the secrets of the diversity of life found in this desert oasis.

Two leading scientists who have been a part of an international team studying the wetlands will attend the UM event and lead a Q-&-A after the films are shown. Valeria Souza is a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and an expert on how new species can arise. She produced “Cuatro Cienegas.” Jim Elser is the director of UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station and a leading expert on aquatic ecology. He produced “The Long Alchemy of Becoming.”

The event is sponsored by the Division of Biological Sciences at UM.


Contact: Jim Elser, director, UM Flathead Lake Biological Station,