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Short Takes on Dam(n) Science

Add to Calendar 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

Returning Mammals
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 

Beach Impacts
The Untold Story of the Elwha Nearshore
Anne Shaffer, Marine Biologist and Executive Director, Coastal Watershed Institute

Ocean Sediment
Beyond the Beach: the Dynamics of Fine-grained Sediment in Water Depths Beyond 10-15 Meters

Emily Eidam, Graduate Student, UW School of Oceanography  

Elwha Unleashed
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

Food Chain
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.