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The Neptune Theatre
Tues., Feb. 18, 2014 | 7 pm
$5 at the door
Join the Burke Museum at the Neptune Theatre on February 18 for a fast-paced evening of science as entertainment. Ten experts on the natural world will each have 20 slides and less than 6 minutes to tell us what they’re learning about the biggest, baddest dam removal/ecological restoration project on the planet—the removal of two dams on the Elwha River in the Olympic National Park. The evening features special guest host Ranae Holland, the skeptical scientist on Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot and a fisheries biologist who has done research on the Elwha River. Come, have a beverage, and learn a few things… dam(n) it.
Speakers & Topics Include:
Life Before the Dams
Life Before the Dams: Archaeology Near the River’s Mouth
Sarah Sterling, Anthropologist, Portland State University
Occupy Elwha: Watching our Fellow Mammals Reclaim Lost Ground
Kurt Jenkins, Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS-Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Remove It and They Will Come: Salmon Colonization on the Elwha
George Pess, Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA
The Untold Story of the Elwha Nearshore
Anne Shaffer, Marine Biologist and Executive Director, Coastal Watershed Institute
Beyond the Beach: the Dynamics of Fine-grained Sediment in Water Depths Beyond 10-15 Meters
Emily Eidam, Graduate Student, UW School of Oceanography
River Evolution in Fast Forward During the Largest Dam Removal Ever
George Pess presenting for Andy Ritchie, Chris Magirl, and Jeff Duda
Using Stable Isotope Analysis to Gauge Dam Removal Impacts on American Dippers and River Otters
Kim Sager-Fradkin, Wildlife Biologist, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Salmon, Killer Whales, the Greater Salish Sea, and Beyond
Brad Hanson, Wildlife Biologist, NOAA
Who's hungry? Dam Removal and Aquatic Food Webs
Sarah Morley, Research Ecologist, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
Removing the Dams
Aaron Jenkins, Barnard Project Superintendent for the Elwha and Glines Dam Removal Project
Short Takes on Dam(n) Science is presented in conjunction with the Burke's latest exhibit, Elwha: A River Reborn. On view through March 9, 2013, the exhibit takes you to the Northwest’s legendary Elwha River Valley to discover the people, places, and history behind a remarkable local story—and the largest dam removal project ever undertaken. Through first-person accounts, stunning photographs, and Burke collections, follow the Elwha’s journey from abundant wilderness to economic engine—to an unprecedented experiment in restoration and renewal that has captured global attention.
Short Takes is produced in conjunction with the Seattle Theatre Group with support from the Boeing Employees Credit Union.