Faculty to Present at Spring 2019 Science Cafés | St. Lawrence University

Faculty to Present at Spring 2019 Science Cafés

Two members of the St. Lawrence University faculty will take part in the Science Café lecture series this Spring.

Sponsored by Clarkson University, the Science Café brings together local professors and townspeople in a relaxed and informal setting to speak about certain subjects. Each speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens the floor up for discussion.

The Science Café takes place at 7:15 p.m. every Tuesday in Canton at the Best Western University Inn’s Rushton Room, 90 E. Main Street in Canton, and every Wednesday at St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple Street in Potsdam.

Kate Cleary, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, will relate her experiences developing bird-friendly grazing practices in Guatemala and bat-friendly pineapple plantations in Costa Rica, and will present upcoming opportunities for citizens to participate in research on biodiversity and agriculture here in the North Country. She will give her talk, titled “Biodiversity and Agriculture: Threats and Opportunities,” at the Best Western in Canton on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and again on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Jernabi Coffeehouse in Potsdam.

Kristine Hoffmann, visiting professor of biology, will describe her work with salamanders at four wetlands in Maine, using a combination of trapping, radio tracking, and genetic analysis. Her results indicate that the communities were almost entirely female. But if there were no males how were they reproducing? The narrative of this study demonstrates how results can lead to more mysteries. She will deliver her talk, titled “Stumped by Salamanders: Habitat Use and Reproduction of an All-Female,” at the Best Western on Tuesday, April 16, and again on Wednesday, April 17, at Jernabi Coffeehouse.

For more information, visit www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.