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K-State Today

February 20, 2018

Science on Tap: 'Dancing in the rain — sex and survival of rainforest birds'

By Michi Tobler

Held in a relaxed setting, Science on Tap features a brief, informal presentation by a K-State scientist followed by lively conversation. The free, interactive program begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Tallgrass Tap House, 320 Poyntz Ave. Be sure to let the Tap House staff know you are there for Science on Tap.

"Too hot"… "too cold"… "too windy"… in Kansas we often complain about the weather, but in the tropics, it is always nice… right? That is what many biologists have assumed for a long time, but it turns out that "too rainy" might be a legitimate complaint.

Alice Boyle, assistant professor in K-State's Division of Biology, will present "Dancing in the rain — sex and survival of rainforest birds." Boyle will discuss new ideas about how weather matters for some tropical birds. She studies the ecology of local grassland songbirds as well as birds in extremely wet tropical forests.

Science on Tap features a short introduction to the scientist's research, time to engage with fellow attendees around the research presented, then the event wraps up with a conversational Q&A period. 

Science on Tap is organized through a partnership with the Graduate School, the Center for Engagement and Community Development, Sunset Zoo, and Tallgrass Tap House. Science on 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.

Other upcoming dates

  • March 28
  • April 18

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