Better Learning With Beer!

After the Flames: The Science Behind the Eagle Creek Fire Response​

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $15* general admission,
$8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only)
Buy Tickets Online or at the Alberta Rose box office

Food and Drink: Full Bar, hand pies, pizza rolls, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

We all watched in horror as our beloved Columbia Gorge burned last year. Within days of firefighters gaining control of the Eagle Creek Fire​ ​in mid-September 2017, scientists and specialists were quickly dispatched to investigate the extent of the damage. Members of​ ​a U.S. Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team explored the​ ​impacted area to assess potential​ ​threats to human health and safety, concerns for damage to property, and potential impairment to natural or cultural resources, including the likelihood of future hazards like flooding and landslides. Steven Sobieszczyk joined that team​ as a BAER trainee. At this Science on Tap, hear his story about the results of those working on the science behind the Eagle Creek Fire response.

Steve is a​ ​Hydrologist at U​.​S​ Geological Survey​. He has degrees in landslide engineering geology and geographic information systems (GIS). He began his career with a brief stint at NASA before moving out west to model landslide and seismic hazards in northern California. Steve eventually settled in Portland, OR, in 2002 and has been studying watersheds in Oregon ever since. ​His interests​ ​focus on all things dirt,​ including ​landslides, water quality, and stream ecosystems. ​In addition to doing science, Steve is a​n advocate for science communication, mentors STEM students, and doodles Pokemon on his kids’ lunch napkins.

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*A note on the ticket price: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door from advance and box office ticket sales, and theater rental is expensive. However, we are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn. If the ticket price is a hardship for you, please write to us at and we’re happy to provide reduced-price tickets to those who need them.