Science Cafe at Borderlands Brewing Co. – 'Fixing Conservation With Duct Tape: A Story of Science, Zoos and Snakes'
Presenter: Brian Blais, Ph.D. Student, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona
About the talk: Many semi-arid and desert animals rely on water for important parts of their lives. Some species, such as garter snakes, could be impacted if normal water processes are altered. Zoo-based conservation, such as species reintroduction, is one avenue to help curtail species declines. This talk will highlight a brief history of a threatened, semi-aquatic garter snake and collaborative work between field biologists and The Phoenix Zoo conservation team to better understand garter snake biology in order to replenish declining populations. Finally, you will hear about ways you can get involved to document direct and indirect changes to water resources.
About Science Cafes: Science Cafes, presented by the College of Science, bring the community together with University of Arizona scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You'll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. We have five separate cafe series at five different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions.