Too hot ta trot: What breaks when animals get too hot?

Please join us Monday, February 5, 2018 for our next installment of Cafe Scientifique.

Why do animals die when they get too hot?  Despite the fact that high temperatures kill all living things, the traits most responsible for loss of function at high temperature are a mystery.   That said, scientists have lots of ideas.   Dr. Rory Telemeco, a new assistant professor of biology at Fresno State, will tell us about the leading ideas for why high temperatures hurt animals, and the research that he and other scientists are doing to test these ideas.   He will also take you behind the scenes of the ‘gentleman’s debate’ currently raging over these ideas within the scientific community.  As environments warm because of habitat alteration and climate change, the species that are winners and losers could largely be determined by how well they tolerate higher temperatures.  Only by knowing the traits first affected by high temperatures, can we predict the consequences of new environmental temperatures on species.

Who: Dr. Rory Telemeco

When: Monday, February 5, 2018, 7:00PM

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