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 across the state in 2012 and 2013. Contact Andy Bedingfield (andyb@uoregon.edu) for dates and locations.

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

Next Science Pub, April 14, 2014

The Future of Oceans

Speaker: Andrew Thurber, Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Location: Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis

Thurber-tbThe oceans will face multiple climate-related stresses in the future: warming temperatures, low oxygen, acidification and a lack of biological productivity. As marine ecosystems respond, the consequences could be felt directly by about 2 billion people whose lives depend on ocean fisheries and other resources. Those are among the results reported by an international team of 29 scientists who studied the influence of climate change on marine systems from the poles to the Equator.

Andrew Thurber helped to conceive the study and was a co-author of the report that appeared in October 2013 in the journal PLOS Biology. “What is really sobering about these findings is that they don’t even include other impacts to the world’s oceans such as sea level rise, pollution, over-fishing, and increasing storm intensity and frequency,” he says. “All of these could compound the problem significantly.”

At the May 12 Corvallis Science Pub, Thurber will discuss the study and actions needed to avert the most significant changes. He is a post-doctoral fellow in Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. His research focuses on deep-sea ecosystems, particularly the role of invertebrates in recycling nutrients and sequestering carbon. He has conducted experiments under seasonal sea ice in Antarctica and explored communities that live around methane seeps near New Zealand and Costa Rica.

Thurber received his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation.

Upcoming Corvallis Science Pubs

June 9, Reflections on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Speaker: Cristina Eisenberg, College of Forestry (Note: This science pub will be held at the Majestic Theater in Corvallis)