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August 28, 2018

Science on Tap: 'How has the recent drought impacted prairie stream fishes?'

Submitted by Michi Tobler

Garrett Hopper, a graduate student in the Division of Biology, will be this month's featured scientist at Science on Tap at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Tallgrass Tap House, 320 Poyntz Ave.

Science on Tap features a brief, informal presentation by a K-State scientist followed by time to engage with fellow attendees around the research presented. The event wraps up with a conversational Q&A period. Be sure to let the Tap House staff know you are there for Science on Tap.

Hopper is a fish biologist and aquatic ecologist, and his research focuses on understanding the role of aquatic animals in freshwater ecosystems.

Kansas fishes are well adapted to the historical conditions of the Great Plains. However, a rapidly changing environment has put many of them in jeopardy. Man-made changes have intensified naturally harsh disturbances such as drought, which can drastically alter fish communities. Hopper will discuss the impact that the on-going drought has had on a local fish community, focusing particularly on King's Creek on the Konza Prairie. He also will highlight a few unique species that have either been lost or have experienced significant reductions in Kansas.

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. The program is organized in partnership with Tallgrass Tap House, Kansas State University's Graduate School, and the Center for Engagement and Community Development.

Other upcoming dates:

  • Sept. 19
  • Oct. 17
  • Nov. 7
  • Dec. 5