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December 5, 2017

Science on Tap presents 'Food for Thought — How Stream Organisms use a Buffet of Nutrients'

Submitted 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.  

Sophie Higgs, a master's student in the Division of Biology, will present "Food for Thought — How Stream Organisms use a Buffet of Nutrients" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 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 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.

Higgs studies how nutrients are used by organisms in prairie streams and how changing landscapes could affect this. Many Kansans might be familiar with the scenario of a grassland being invaded by shrubs and trees. When this happens the nutrients that are available to grazing animals, like cattle and bison, are altered. This change may be easy to see, but could the transformation of prairie into woodland also affect aquatic habitats? Join us to find out some answers. 

The goal of Science on Tap is to build the community's enthusiasm for science in a fun and unique way. The program 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 will resume during the spring semester; stay tuned for upcoming dates and topics.