Tuesday | 2 - 24

7:30 pm

We’ve long known that beer and conversation go together.

We hope you’ll join us for Science on Tap, a monthly science cafe organized by the KU Natural History Museum and hosted here at the Free State Brewery.

Here’s how it works:  A moderator introduces a science or technology topic.  After a short break for food or drink, the moderator encourages the crowd to ask questions about the subject and interact. Come early for dinner, eat and drink during the event, or join us just for the conversation. The program will begin at 7:30.

 

Tuesday, February 24
Guano and the Opening of the
Pacific World: A Global Ecological History
Moderator: Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies Gregory Cushman

It may be annoying to see on the hood of your car, but humble bird excrement has had a surprising influence on human history around the world, particularly during the past two centuries. The abrupt opening of remote oceanic bird colonies to external exploitation utterly transformed modern civilization’s basic relationship with nitrogen and phosphorus. Meanwhile, experts who studied and manipulated this malodorous commodity arrived at new perspectives on the challenges posed by the El Niño phenomenon and dangers posed by rapidly expanding human populations. For this Science on Tap, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies Gregory Cushman will demonstrate that modern environmental consciousness has surprising roots in a biological substance we usually treat with disdain.