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K-State Today

September 20, 2016



Science on Tap: 'One fish, two fish, trash fish, gar fish' with doctoral student Bryan Frenette

By Michael Tobler

Science on Tap features a brief, informal presentation by a K-State scientist followed by lively conversation. The goal is to build our community's enthusiasm for science in a fun and unique way. The free, interactive program begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Tallgrass Tap House, 320 Poyntz Ave. Be sure to let the Tap House staff know you are there for Science on Tap. 

Science on Tap is organized through a partnership with the Graduate School, Sunset Zoo and Tallgrass Tap House and takes place the fourth Wednesday of the month — August through November. 

Bryan Frenette, doctoral student at K-State, will talk about the biology and conservation of North America's most misunderstood fishes, the gars. Gars are common throughout much of eastern and central North America and have long been reviled as a "trash" fish. As a consequence of their poor reputation, little is known about the biology of gars, and several species now face conservation issues. Scientists are currently focusing research on the ecology and life histories of gars to aid in conservation efforts, as well as to establish trophy fisheries.

Frenette received a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to K-State, Frenette worked closely with members of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation on issues related to the conservation of garfish, including spotted and alligator gar. His focus at K-State explores the thermal biology of stream fishes.

Science in Tap is offered as part of Sunset Zoo's Behind the Science initiative; an effort to build our community's enthusiasm for science in a fun and unique way. The program is organized in partnership with Tallgrass Tap House, and Kansas State University's Graduate School and Center for Engagement and Community Development.

Other upcoming dates

  • Oct. 19
  • Nov. 16

Note that each Science on Tap will feature different topics so community members will learn something new each time they attend.

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