Botanist Bob Haller

An exhibit of photographs taken by the late botanist Dr. Bob Haller opens at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on Dec. 7.

An exhibition of photographs by legendary botanist Dr. John Robert “Bob” Haller (1930-2016) is opening Dec. 7 in the Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

A gifted and prolific photographer who studied under Ansel Adams in the 1950s, Haller received his Ph.D. in botany from UCLA and soon after joined the faculty of UCSB where he inspired generations of future botanists until his retirement in 1994.

This exhibition incorporates 58 images used in his celebrated multimedia presentations from his undergraduate course, Plants of California (Botany 103). Collectively, the photographs depict a virtual transect of California natural habitats beginning on the coast, moving east to the chaparral, grasslands and oak woodland foothills, through the high Sierra and ending in the desert.

Following his retirement from UCSB, Haller served as the Botanic Garden’s education botanist, teaching classes, leading field trips and continuing to introduce new audiences to California’s beautiful and diverse natural landscapes. His photograph collection of thousands of images was gifted to the Botanic Garden upon his death from Parkinson’s disease on Aug. 17, 2016.

The exhibit is free to the general public with paid admission.

For more information, visit sbbg.org.

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