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 (9/7/2015)
OCTOBER PRESENTATION – OCTOBER 5, 2015, 8:00 pm
"Where the Lynx Ate the Hare"
Although many predators depend on snowshoe hares for subsistence, the threatened Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) is exceptionally specialized to hunt hares. This elusive wild cat can only survive where there are ample numbers of hares, yet there is a lack of empirical data on the habitat/landscape features that enable lynx to successfully forage. In addition to examining patterns of snowshoe hare survival in north-central Washington, I am identifying the features of successful lynx foraging habitat in comparison to the surrounding landscape as well as in comparison to "kill sites" attributable to other predators (coyote, bobcat, pine marten, & raptor).
Laurel Peelle is a wildlife PhD student in Dr. Aaron Wirsing’s Predator Ecology lab at the University of Washington. She is fascinated by all facets of science but her primary research focus is predator-prey ecology and conservation biology, in particular for Canada lynx. She has worked from the extremes of the Mojave Desert in summer to the snow-laden Cascades in winter. She graduated from UCLA in 2004 and worked as a biologist for several years, gaining experience with reptiles, birds, and mammals, before moving to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She is particularly interested in the integration of traditional tracking methods with modern forensics for her predator-prey conservation research.