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 (5/11/2016)
JUNE PRESENTATION – June 6, 2016, 8:00 pm.
Our June presentation, “The Bloom was not the Blob – so then what caused it?” will be given by Dr. Vera Trainer from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, in Seattle.
In 2015, a massive bloom of the marine diatom Pseudo-nitzschia, stretching from central California to northern British Columbia, resulted in significant impacts to coastal resources and marine life. This harmful algal bloom was first detected in early May 2015, when Washington closed its scheduled razor clam digs on coastal beaches. It is the largest bloom in at least the past 15 years, and concentrations of the toxin, domoic acid, in seawater, some forage fish, and crab samples were the highest ever reported for this region. By mid-May, domoic acid concentrations in Monterey Bay, California, were 10 to 30 times the level that would be considered high for a normal Pseudo-nitzschia bloom. Impacts to coastal communities and marine life include razor clam and Dungeness crab closures in multiple states, impacting commercial, recreational and subsistence harvesters, anchovy and sardine fishery health advisories in some areas of California, and sea lion strandings in California, Oregon, and Washington. Other marine mammal and bird mortalities were reported in multiple states, with domoic acid poisoning the cause of impaired health or a strong contributing factor to compromised marine animal health. The causes of the harmful algal bloom’s severity and coastwide distribution will be discussed.
The June presentation will be the final one for this season. Afterwards, the present program organizers will be stepping aside and we are looking for volunteers to continue the program in October. If you are interested, please contact any one of us (Michael Dagg, Lucinda Jacobs or Stuart Wakeham) personally or via the Open Mic science email: