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K-State Today

April 26, 2016

Science on Tap: The origins and maintenance of biodiversity

Submitted by Michael Tobler


Held in a relaxed setting on the fourth Wednesday of the month — January through April — 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. Science on Tap is organized through a partnership with the College of Arts & Sciences, Sunset Zoo and Tallgrass Tap House.

This month's featured speaker is Zachary Culumber. Culumber is a postdoctoral research associate in the Division of Biology at K-State and a graduate of Sunset Zoo's Science Communication Fellowship program. Culumber's research focuses on how genetic variation is maintained in natural populations, and how this translates to the emergence of broad-scale patterns of biodiversity. In particular, he is interested in the connections between ecology, physiology and evolution. His work is geared toward understanding how changes in the environment drive changes in populations, species and communities at regional and global scales.

The free, interactive program begins 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at Tallgrass Tap House, 320 Poyntz Ave. Be sure to let the Tap House staff know you are there for Science on Tap.

Note that Science on Tap will be continued in fall 2016 after a summer break.

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