Science Pub Corvallis

Science Pub Corvallis offers cool presentations in an informal atmosphere where you can interact with experts and where there are no silly questions. No scientific background is required – just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!

sp_logo_2013_rgb-corvallis3-8-13Held on the second Monday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis, Science Pub is sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Downtown Corvallis Association and Terra magazine at  Oregon State University.

No RSVP is necessary. Tell your friends and join us on Facebook to stay informed about upcoming guests. We hope to see you there! Check out photos from the May 13, 2013 Science Pub. You can also see recorded Science Pub events online. And if you can’t join us in Corvallis, check out science pubs by OSU-Cascades in Bend and by OMSI in Portland, Hillsboro, McMinnville and Eugene. The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, an international research center led by Oregon State and the University of Oregon, is hosting science pubs at the Calapooia Brewery in Albany. Contact Andy Bedingfield (andyb@uoregon.edu) for dates and topics.

Do you fancy yourself an expert on science? Take the Science Pub quiz!

Next Corvallis Science Pub: March 14, 2016

Ocean Warming: Update on the Blob and El Nino

Speaker: Laurie Weitkamp, fisheries biologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Slide2 copyIn the spring of 2014, a body of water several degrees warmer than the surrounding ocean appeared in the Pacific off the Oregon coast. Known to oceanographers as the Warm Blob, it has been characterized by unusually warm surface temperatures across the northeast Pacific since it first developed.

A year later, one of the largest El Niños in recorded history began forming at the Equator and has been changing weather around the world.

This talk will describe these two phenomena and their physical effects at sea and on land in the Pacific Northwest. It will also highlight the many changes observed in marine ecosystems from Alaska to Mexico during the last year. The blob and El Niño have had huge impacts to our region, so come find out what’s been going on!

Laurie Weitkamp is a research fisheries biologist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Northwest Fisheries Science Center, based in Newport.  She studies the ecology of salmon in estuarine and marine environments, specifically how physical conditions influence biological processes that are important for salmon survival. In addition to salmon, she documents the impacts of unusual conditions in the northwest Pacific on cold-water marine ecosystems. Weitkamp received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington.

The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St. in Corvallis. Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

 

On YouTube

From “Where’s water? How geology and climate conspire to dictate the future of water in the West,” February 8, 2016

If you missed the “Life of Dead Trees” on November 9, listen to brief comments from Mark Harmon and David Paul Bayles.