The Great Invasive Species Debate


Thanks to all who joined us for the first Cafe Scientifique earlier this week.  We were thrilled to have such an excellent talk by Dr. Reece.

Please make plans to join us October 3, 2016, for our next installment of Cafe Scientifique.  We will be featuring Drs. Brian Tsukimura and Katherine Waselkov from the Department of Biology at Fresno State.  They plan to lead a panel discussion on invasive species in California, including what these species are and how they affect native flora and fauna.  It promises to be an interesting discussion!  Come early for dinner and the talk starts promptly at 7:00 PM

Dr. Tsukimura is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Fresno State whose research focuses on crustacean biology, climate change ecophysiology, and invasive species biology.  Dr. Waselkov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Fresno State and her research studies plant evolutionary and population genetics, effects of polyploidy, and agricultural adaptations of plants in the Central Valley.

Who: Drs. Brian Tsukimura and Katherine Waselkov

When: October 3, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA


Why DO animals look the way they do?


Join us Monday, September 12, to learn the answers to this question.

Our first speaker for the 2016-2017 season of Cafe Scientifique is Dr. Joshua Reece, a new faculty member in the Department of Biology at Fresno State. He studies evolutionary and conservation biology, and has worked on sea turtles, birds, sharks, venomous snakes, moray eels, hagfish, and evening primroses. He research is generally focused on discovering, understanding, and helping to conserve biodiversity.

Dr. Reece will speak about the evolution of body size in two unique groups of fish: moray eels and hagfish. His talk will broadly touch on why animals have the traits they have, with moray eels and hagfish body size as two examples. This talk will be highly accessible to a general audience, so if you are interested in why species have the traits they have, please join us!

WhoDr. Joshua Reece, Department of Biology, California State University, Fresno

When: Monday, September 12, 7 pm

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA 



17. The Urban Slender Loris Project

Portrait of a Slender Loris

Portrait of a Slender Loris, © Kalyan Varma.

Science: A Candle In The Dark
Episode 16: The Urban Slender Loris Project
Airdate: 28 June 2016
Host: Vic Bedoian
Guest: Dr. Kaberi Kar Gupta, The Urban Slender Loris Project.

Summary: This month, we had co-producer Vic Bedoian in the host seat. He interviewed Dr. Kaberi Kar Gupta about her remarkable effort to bring together ordinary citizens, naturalists, and scientists to study and help conserve the Slender Loris, a tiny nocturnal primate (pictured above), within the megacity of Bangalore, India. Learn more about the Urban Slender Loris Project on the website, like it on Facebook, and/or follow @urbanloris on Twitter.

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