Science Sparks: Science Series for Adults

Upcoming Virtual Presentations

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Fire Ecology in the 21st Century with Claudette Moore
Tuesday, September 22, 2pm

Fire is a natural part of the western landscape.  Western forests are highly adapted to specific fire intervals and some species rely on fire for regeneration.  However, warming temperatures are increasing the fire intervals of many landscapes and fires are increasing in size and complexity.  This talk will discuss the history of wild and managed fires and provide some context of what to expect from post-burned landscapes.

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Bottom photo from Pine Gulch Fire Facebook Page


The God of Prime Numbers: Mathematical Poetry in History and Practice
With Dr. Dan May, Associate Prof. of Mathematics, Black Hills State Univ.
Thursday, October 15, 2pm

At first glance, poetry and mathematics may seem like wildly unrelated subjects. However there is a rich history of overlap between them, stretching to 12th century India - and even further back! In this talk, you will learn a little about this history, and see lots of examples of mathy poems. You might also try your hand at composing your own mathematical poetry. No experience in math or poetry is needed, though you may find yourself wielding both by the end of this presentation. Come ready to explore!

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Spiders and Scorpions, Oh My! with Mike Perry
Tuesday, October 27 at 2:00pm

From fear to respect Mike’s presentation will take you on a journey of discovery to some of nature’s most amazing creatures, the arachnids.  Would believe spiders and scorpions have been on earth since before the dinosaurs. Come find out why they have been so successful.

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Grand Canyon Ecology with Lisa Kearsley
Tuesday, November 17th at 2:00pm

Grand Canyon's extremes in elevation and temperature provide for a rich diversity in plants and animals and fascinating adaptations to Grand Canyon's challenging environment. We will explore these biotic communities as well as learn how some plants and animals have formed symbiotic relationships enabling them to thrive in this amazing place. Presenter is: Lisa Kearsley, MA, Grand Canyon Conservancy Instructor.

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Check out recordings of our past Science Sparks presentations!

Fossil Fish of the Green River Formation with Mel Bersch

Behind the Scenes with a Principal Engineer at the University of Washington's Applied Physics Lab, Eric McRae

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From Exploding Zoospores to Flesh-Eating Fungi, Life as a Jill of All Trades Researcher in Grand Junction with Margot Becktell, PhD.

Life of a Trilobite Through Extinction and Beyond with Bambi Harmon

Community Alliance for Education and Hunger Relief Program with Amanda McQuade

Unmapped Caves of Mexico with Mike Davlantes

Climbing Mt. Whitney with Allan Conrad

Natural Wonders of South Africa with Claudette Moore

Mt. St. Helens 40th Anniversary with Randy Spydell