NU Science Cafe – “Below the Surface: Invasive Species in the Great Lakes”
September 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Northwestern University Science Below the Surface: Invasive Species in the Great Lakes
Scott F. Colborne, PhD
Research Biologist & Instructor
Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Over the past two centuries, more than 180 species of plants and animals have been introduced into the Great Lakes, some of which have become headline grabbing invasive species due to their impacts on water quality, animals, and humans. From sea lamprey, feared as ‘vampires’ for latching onto the sides of fishes, to the tiny zebra mussels that filter vast quantities of nearly microscopic food from the water, there is much to be concerned about these invasive species. However, there is also hope as some native species show resiliency towards the changing environment around them.
This talk will describe the history of a few key invasive species, some of the success’s humans have had learning from invasions, and the resiliency of native species in the Great Lakes. A unique and changing environment unlike any other around the world, the Great Lakes have many stories to tell, and in this talk, we will delve below the surface to discuss the relationships between our native and invasive species that are shaping the Great Lakes as we know them today.
WHAT IS SCIENCE CAFE?
Science Cafe is a forum for the discussion of important and interesting scientific issues. They are informal and accessible – much more so than a public lecture. It’s an opportunity to gather with old and new friends in a relaxed atmosphere while participating in a program of very cool scientific ‘stuff’! No cover charge, EVER!
WHO WILL BE THERE?
Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone “in the know”. No scientific knowledge is assumed by the speakers, so anyone can participate.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A SCIENCE CAFE?
Cafes start with an engaging talk from the research scientist who introduces the topic. It is not a lecture, so anyone can ask a question, and positively welcomed will be those which begin “This might be a stupid question, but …” These questions are invariably not stupid and often rather insightful.
WHERE AND WHEN?
Our Science Café Evanston is held typically on the third or fourth Wednesday each month, September through May.
The Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202