Science Cafe

Science Café

Science Cafés help to promote scientific literacy by encouraging relaxed, open conversations among scientists and nonscientists of all ages.

Coffee, Chocolate, Conversation.

Spring 2016

Conservation in the Era of Climate Change, April 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Kirsten Work Holding Turtle

Kirsten Work, Professor of Biology

During the campus observance of Earth Week, Kirsten Work, professor of biology, will be the guest speaker for the Gillespie Museum’s Science Café, April 20, at 7pm.

Professor Work will discuss her research as a spring ecologist and its implications for our understanding of climate change. "Some scientists have suggested that at this point in Earth's history, all ecosystems have been impacted by human activity, if only through climate change. Do we accept this proposition? If so, where do we go from here? Have we seen any evidence that our local systems have been affected?"

Her current research is primarily in Volusia Blue Spring, with projects on algae, snails, fish ecology, and the effects of invasive snails and fish on ecosystem function. She also has worked on the ecology of local lakes, as central Florida is one of the areas of the country with the highest densities of lakes due to its karst (limestone) geography.

Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates