Halloween Theme: Bats in the Central Valley, Oh My!

Please join us Monday, October 7th for a discussion on the life history of bats and research that Dr. Joshua Reece and his students are doing on bat biology in the Central Valley and surrounding High Sierras.

Dr. Joshua Reece has been interested in ecology, evolution and conservation biology since he started college at the University of Central Florida. He has worked on marine turtles, moray eels, freshwater turtles, giant salamanders, hagfish, birds, venomous snakes, and now bats. His current research investigates basic unknowns in bat biology: which species are where, when and why? He will begin with a Halloween themed introduction to bats and their fantastic adaptations and then discuss echolocation, how bats respond to forest fires and changing weather patterns, and lastly, whether or not they like the Full Moon…….

Who: Dr. Joshua Reece, Assistant Professor of Biology at Fresno State

When: Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA 93704

Mexican free tailed bat mammal

Invasive Species in California

Please join us Monday, September 9 (note: second Monday!) for a discussion of invasive species in the US, focused on California, led by Mark Halvorsen, Curator of Reptiles at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

Mark Halvorsen has been interested in reptiles and amphibians since he was a young man living in Brooklyn, New York. Through the support of parents tolerant of have many slimy and scaly animals kept in various rooms in the house, Mark developed a strong commitment to managing and conserving reptile and amphibians in both captive programs and natural habitat. His zoo career has taken him around the country from the Bogs of Northeast to the High Plains of Wyoming, where he worked with local researchers to evaluate local populations of reptile and amphibian species. Currently, he is working at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo managing a wide variety of species from Komodo Dragons and Cobras to Greater One Horned Rhinoceros and Babirusa. Mark continues his commitment to conserving wild species by closing managing the captive population of Western Pond Turtles in zoos throughout the US.

Who: Mark Halvorsen, Curator of Reptiles, Fresno Chaffee Zoo

When: September 9, 2019, at 7:00PM

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




Studying Interest Groups and Money in American Politics

Please join us Monday August 5 for a discussion with Dr. Thomas Holyoke, a professor of political science at Fresno State.

Approximately 86% of Americans believe that their elected officials care more about the “special interests” than themselves. But who are these special interests, and what is it they do to warrant such distrust? In this presentation, Dr. Holyoke provides a systematic overview of the universe of organized interest groups active in Washington, DC, including their types and who they represent. Then he takes a closer look at their different forms of political influence, including trends in how they give campaign contributions in American elections. It ends with a reflection on the prospects for reform, as well as thoughts on a legitimate role interest groups might actually service in a democratic society.

Who: Dr. Thomas Holyoke, Professor of Political Science, California State University, Fresno

When: August 5, 2019 at 7pm

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA 93704