Have you ever wondered what’s it like to live and work in Antarctica? At this special Science on Tap, we’ll talk to two scientists who have spent a combined total of over 20 field seasons on the continent, surviving and doing science in one of the Earth’s harshest environments.
Todd Rosenstiel, PhD, associate professor of biology and past director of Portland States’s Center for Life in Extreme Environments spends much of his time studying mosses and other extremophiles that have evolved ways to live in severe conditions, and will tell us how these organisms are contributing to the greening of Antarctica. Andrew G. Fountain, PhD, professor of geography and geology at PSU, has spent years studying the glaciers of Antarctica and will talk about how climate change is reflected in shifting snow and ice. Both scientists will tell stories about working in Antarctica — Todd at the greening edge and Andrew in the icy middle — will show pictures, and answer questions about what it’s like to live at the bottom of the world.
This event is in collaboration with the Artists Repertory Theatre’s production of Magellanica.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’re happy to provide reduced-price tickets to those who need them.