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Pint of Science: Our Planet
Pint of Science is a non-profit organization that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local bar or cafe to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don't need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of sience (and have a pint with them!) Our festival runs over a few days in May every year, but we occasionally run events during other months.
May 22nd's Pint of Science at Trident is entitled: Ecolocy of a Changing Planet - From Borneo to Boston. It will highlight local researchers' work on Planet Earth.
About the Speakers
Cheryl Knott is a professor of anthropology at Boston University who has been studying wild orangutans in Borneo, Indonesia for the past 25 years. Dr. Knott earned her PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University, where she also served as an Associate Professor until 2008, when she joined the BU faculty. She has been studying wild orangutans in Indonesia's Gunung Palung National Park, on the island of Borneo, since 1992. She is the founder and director of the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project, one of the longest running primate research projects in the world. Her work reveals how orangutan adaptations, such as teh longest inter-birth interval of any mammal and the evolution of two adult male morphs, are shaped by their ecology. She is well known for pioneering the use of non-invasive methods in the wild as a way to study animal physiology without physical contact.
Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie is an ecologist and alpine zone enthusiast. She studies ecology above the treeline in New England, with an emphasis on understanding changes in plant communities over multiple time scales--from the recent Anthropocene to the last 15,000 years. Caitlin studied Environmental Science and Publicy Policy as an undergraduate at Harvard University; she received an MS in Ecological Planning at the University of Vermont and a PhD in Biology at Boston University. She's currently a David H. Smith Conservation Research postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maine and Second Century Stewardship fellow at Acadia National Park. Her research explores the history of alpine plant communities and their vulnerability to climate change. When she is not combing through the archives for historical ecological data, combing through the Vaccinium angustifolium on Cadillac Mountain for the first flower of the season, or combing through ancient lake sediments for plant microfossils, she enjoys running, backpacking, and naping with her daughters.
Nathan Phillips is a profesor of Earth and the Environment at Boston University. He received his PhD from Duke University, and a BS in physics from California State University, Sacramento. Water loss is closely coupled to carbon gain by plants and ecosystems. Dr. Phillips studies the physiological mechanisms and processes by which plants and ecosystems regulate water loss and carbon gain, and how such processes may be altered under global environmental change.
Lucy Hutyra is a professor of Earth and the Environment at Boston University. She received her PhD from Harvard University. Her research uses principles from a number of different scientific fields to understand the terrestrial carbon cycle and the impact of humans on carbon pools and fluxes. Through integration of atmospheric, biometric, and climatological information, she is focused on understanding the characteristics and drivers of atmosphere-biosphere exchange of carbon.
Alicia Rich is a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University. Her work uses genetic and genomic methods to pinpoint the shared environmental factors affecting polyspecific primate community health. She currently addresses this problem through postdoctoral research in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Schmitt of the Departments of Anthropology and Biology and the Sensory Morphology and Genomic Anthropology Lab at Boston University in South Africa on vervet monkeys. For her PhD at Indiana University she studied savanna chimpanzees in the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve in Uganda.