What is Open Mic Science?
"Open Mic Science" invites the community to an evening at The Treehouse Café on Bainbridge Island to explore ideas in all aspects of science and technology in an informal, social setting. Talks are held the first Monday of every month at 8 PM. Enjoy pizza and beer, and stay abreast of current knowledge. Open Mic Science, A Bainbridge Science Café, is based on the principles of Cafe Scientifique and is committed to the public understanding of science.
Intellectual curiosity required.
No specific science knowledge needed.
All talks are Free
When: 8pm on the first Monday of the month
Where: The Treehouse Cafe
4569 Lynwood Center Road NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Latest News 2/22/2015
NEXT PRESENTATION – March 2, 2015, 8:00 pm
The March presentation, “The Bering Sea”, will be given by Dr. Phyllis Stabeno, a Physical Oceanographer at the NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. For the past 25 years, Dr. Stabeno has worked on physical oceanographic, climate and ecosystem projects in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Chukchi Sea. Recently she has focused on climate change impacts on the subarctic seas around Alaska. She is the lead investigator in maintaining the biophysical mooring array in the Bering Sea, is a Principle Investigator for Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Plan (BSIERP) project and the NSF Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST) project, and has served on the Science Advisory Board for the BEST/BSIERP program since its inception.
The Bering Sea, Ice and Biological Productivity
Ice cover - In winter, the combination of geology, latitude, winds and ocean currents results in a rapid ice advance of approximately 1200 km (750 miles). In the spring, warming and change in the wind direction result in ice retreat. During summer the Bering Sea is ice-free.
Biology – In spring, retreating ice, longer daylight hours, and nutrient-rich ocean waters result in high marine productivity, vital to both sea life and people. Approximately 80% of the seabird population in the U.S. and 25 species of marine mammals visit or live in these waters each year. Bering Sea fisheries provide about 40% of the total U.S. commercial catch.
Data. Climate scientists predict a major reduction in ice cover in future decades. To understand how the Bering Sea is responding now, NOAA scientists spend several months each year at sea collecting information on ocean temperature, plankton, fish and marine mammals. Long-term moorings provide information when ship operations are not possible. Data collected over the last several decades show marked changes in this ecosystem – a reduction in sea ice, a warming ocean, a decrease in zooplankton abundance, and changes in fish populations. This presentation will focus on how this remote region is sampled, and current predictions of winners and losers in this changing ecosystem.