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Next Cafe Scientifique to Focus on Prairie Pothole Lakes

Posted by Jenna Ray on Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013

Event Date/Time: Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2013 6:00 pm
Location: Common Cup Coffeehouse (501 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN 56267)


The next Café Scientifique will take place on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at the Common Cup Coffeehouse (501 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN 56267). Tracey Anderson, associate professor of biology, will lead the discussion, entitled "Challenges old and new: issues facing prairie pothole lakes in west central Minnesota.” All are welcome to attend, and audience participation is encouraged.

The discussion will address issues facing prairie pothole lakes in west central Minnesota. According to Anderson, recent human modification of the prairie landscape and the introduction of exotic species have influenced the health of these lakes and will continue to pose future threats. She notes, however, that in spite of these challenges, local lakes support a range of fish and wildlife species and offer recreational opportunities that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Café Scientifique is an ongoing series that offers a space where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology for the price of a cup of coffee. Meetings take place outside of a traditional academic context and are committed to promoting public engagement with science. Additional information is available online. Interested audiences can look forward to additional discussions in 2013, typically held on the last Tuesday of selected months.

Café Scientifique is supported in part by a grant to the University of Minnesota, Morris from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Precollege Science Education Program.