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January 22, 2014

Short Takes on Dam(n) Science

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7 pm
The Neptune Theatre
$5 at the door or online at stgpresents.org

Seattle – 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 at the River’s Mouth

    Sarah Sterling, Anthropologist, Portland State University
  • Salmon
    Remove It and They Will Come: Salmon Colonization on the Elwha

    George Pess, Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA  
  • Beach
    Nearshore Restoration: What’s Happening at the Beach

    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  
  • River evolution in fast forward
    Elwha Unleashed: River Evolution in Fast Forward during the Largest Dam Removal Ever

    Andy Ritchie, Elwha Restoration Project Hydrologist, Olympic National Park
  • Otters
    Using Stable Isotope Analysis to Gauge Dam Removal Impacts on American Dippers and River Otters

    Kim Sager-Fradkin, Wildlife Biologist, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

And more! For a full list of speakers and updates, go to burkmuseum.org/events.

Tickets are $5 at the door or online at stgpresents.org.

Short Takes on Dam(n) Science is inspired by the Burke Museum’s Elwha: A River Reborn exhibit, on view through March 9, 2014. Short Takes is produced in conjunction with the Seattle Theatre Group with support from the Boeing Employees Credit Union.

About Short Takes
Short Takes premiered in February of 2012 as a part of an ongoing effort by the Burke Museum and Seattle Theatre Group to connect the public to research at the University of Washington in a unique and entertaining way. Short Takes uses extreme limits on time and multiple speakers to explore topics related to the Burke Museum’s mission and exhibits.

For high resolution images and interviews, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum.

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Elwha nearshore, October 2013. Nearshore Restoration: What’s Happening at the Beach is one of ten talks at the Burke’s Short Takes on Dam(n) Science program at the Neptune Theatre on Feb. 18.
Photo by Sue Hakek, Tom Roorda, and Coastal Watershed Institute.
An example of the multiple species of salmon returning to the Elwha that have been colonizing the Middle Elwha between the former Elwha dam (RM 4.9) and the Glines Dam RM (13.1). George Pess, Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist at NOAA, will speak about salmon colonization on the Elwha at Short T
Photograph by John McMillan, NOAA contractor