In Living Color: Giant Clams, Up Close – A Conversation with scientist, photographer, and Vertex founder Dr. Joshua Boger


Aquarium’s free lecture series: Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.

Josh Boger
Image courtesy: Joshua Boger

WHAT: The New England Aquarium Lecture Series features Dr. Joshua Boger, a scientist, entrepreneur, and professional underwater photographer, who will introduce the audience to the extraordinary world of giant clams. As the largest living bivalve mollusks, giant clams can reach sizes as large as 4.5 feet and weigh as much as 550 lbs. These highly colorful animals are distributed widely in the warmer parts of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and can live 100 years or more, each fixed to one spot for all its adult life. Dr. Boger will explore how giant clams use their bright colors, and how and why their unique solar power system works so efficiently. Illustrated with underwater macro photographs from more than 20 years of diving, Dr. Boger will showcase these beautiful, gentle animals that are under threat from overfishing, pollution, and ocean warming.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: In-person at the New England Aquarium’s Simons Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston, and virtual via Zoom.

HOW: Register for the free lecture. Advance registration required. The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

WHO: Dr. Joshua Boger is a scientist, entrepreneur, professional underwater photographer, and founder and former CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and philosophy from Wesleyan University and a master’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry from Harvard University. An expert scuba diver with more than 800 logged dives, he is a professional underwater photographer, concentrating on macrophotography that explores detailed colors and patterns in unfamiliar underwater environments to illuminate a broader visual understanding and appreciation of our blue planet.


Pam Bechtold Snyder –, 617-686-5068