Tuesday | 6 - 7

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.

Moby Dick's Mother: investigating Sperm Whale DNA

Moderator - Alana Alexander, postdoctoral researcher at KU's Biodiversity Institute

What influences the population structure of a global species with no geographic barriers? By comparing genetic samples collected throughout the equatorial waters of the world’s oceans, the answer for sperm whales, at least, seems to be "your mother." For this Science on Tap, Alana Alexander, postdoctoral researcher at KU's Biodiversity Institute, shares how DNA can shed light on the ecology and behavior of these denizens of the deep.