Science Café: The Science of Biodiversity

Science Cafe
Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join the "Science Buzz" for an animated discussion and happy hour about the science of biodiversity with experts in the field.

How many different types of species are there on this planet? How do we use and sustain them? What do we still need to know about this topic?

Learn the answers to these questions and more by attending this interactive discussion, sponsored by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and featuring these authors:

Merlin Hanauer is an assistant professor of economics at Sonoma State University, where he studies the impacts of protected areas on socioeconomic and environmental outcomes. For his work on this subject, Hanauer received the 2011 PNAS Cozzarelli Prize, which is awarded annually by PNAS to recognize recently published papers that reflect scientific excellence and originality.

Chase Mendenhall is a doctoral candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Stanford University. He explores the tradeoffs between the conservation of biodiversity and farming by closely monitoring bird and bat populations that inhabit farmland in Costa Rica.

Tickets are $10, or $7 for students, and can be purchased at the door. Food, wine, and beer are free with the admission fee.

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. For tickets, contact the Koshland Science Museum at (202) 334-1201 or Please see [here] for full ticketing policy.

Participants must be 21 or older to consume beer or wine. Proper ID, such as a driver's license or state-issued ID card, is required to consume alcohol, and must be shown to museum staff upon entrance to the program.

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