Stranger than Fiction: It’s a Cruel Natural World

When: Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $10.00** suggested cover at the door.

Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.

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!

People across cultures have revered nature for giving life to all things and Mother Nature is often personified as nurturing, benevolent, and seeking to promote the abundance of life. But Mother Nature is not always so nice. Nature also can wreak havoc in the animal kingdom, and has evolved things such as parasites capable of mind control, cannibalistic mates, and fetuses that eat their siblings in utero. In the second installment of our Science is Stranger than Fiction series and just in time for Halloween, Leslie New, PhD, assistant professor of statistics at WSU Vancouver, will take us on a tour of some of the fascinating, horrifying, and totally natural ways that Mother Nature can be ruthless.

Leslie New, PhD is an assistant professor of statistics at WSU Vancouver. She specializes in using and developing statistical methodologies to improve the understanding, management and conservation of wildlife populations. A personal interest in the macabre keeps her exploring weird museum specimens and strange evolutionary traits in animals, while her main research on marine mammal and avian species keeps her busy on a day to day basis.

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*A note on advance ticket prices: There is a fee for purchase, but this ticket guarantees a seat at the event start time of 7:00pm. In the event of a sold out show, tickets not redeemed by 7:10pm may be released.

**A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door from advance and box office ticket sales. However, we are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn. If the event still has seats available and if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.