Antarctica: Life and Science on a Changing Continent

When: Monday, January 29, 2018
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $9.00 advance tickets,
$10.00* suggested cover at the door.
Online sales end at 4:00pm on day of event.

Food and Drink: Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks available for purchase at the theatre.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Have you ever wondered what’s it like to live and work in Antarctica? At this special Science on Tap, we’ll talk to two scientists who have spent a combined total of over 20 field seasons on the continent, surviving and doing science in one of the Earth’s harshest environments.

Todd Rosenstiel, PhD, associate professor of biology and past director of Portland States’s Center for Life in Extreme Environments spends much of his time studying mosses and other extremophiles that have evolved ways to live in severe conditions, and will tell us how these organisms are contributing to the greening of Antarctica. Andrew G. Fountain, PhD, professor of geography and geology at PSU, has spent years studying the glaciers of Antarctica and will talk about how climate change is reflected in shifting snow and ice. Both scientists will tell stories about working in Antarctica — Todd at the greening edge and Andrew in the icy middle — will show pictures, and answer questions about what it’s like to live at the bottom of the world.

This event is in collaboration with the Artists Repertory Theatre’s production of Magellanica.