The Wildlife on Tap lecture series at Cape Cod Beer is a special event each winter where attendees can learn about wildlife over some fine beverages. Each presenter in the series is an expert in the field. Come have a beer and learn something new about some of Cape Cod's majestic creatures from the charismatic individuals who have made it their life's mission to protect!
Wednesday January 22nd
Stranded on Cape Cod… What Marine Mammal Strandings Teach Us About the Place We Call Home
Misty Niemeyer, IFAW
2019 was the busiest year for Cape Cod strandings on record. In over 21 years operating on Cape Cod, IFAW's Marine Mammal Rescue program has responded to well over 5,500 marine mammals in distress. What can necropsies (animal autopsies) tell us about the health of our ecosystems, and what lessons learned from rescue attempts can improve efforts and techniques to protect and conserve marine wildlife?
The teams Stranding Coordinator Misty Niemeyer has been rescuing marine mammals and leading necropsies (animal autopsies) with IFAW's Marine Mammal Rescue team for over 11 years.
Wednesday, February 26th
The People-Pollinator-Biodiversity Connection
Dr. Robert Gegear, UMASS Dartmouth
Pollinators are declining at an unprecedented rate worldwide due to human-induced rapid environmental change. These declines pose a significant threat to our food supply and consequently, there has been major focus on the development and implementation of conservation strategies aimed to increase pollinator abundance in agricultural areas. However, the ecological needs of 98% of wild pollinator species are not considered in such strategies because they do not visit crop plants. These wild pollinators play a critical role in maintaining the function and diversity of natural ecosystems through their unique relationship with native flowering plant species - the products of native plant pollination, for example, provide food, shelter, and nesting habitat for birds and other wildlife. The continued degradation of native pollination systems therefore poses a significant threat to life on our planet. Please join Dr. Robert J. Gegear for a discussion on what you can do to help protect and restore our native pollination systems, and the ecological networks that they support, in your own backyard.
Dr. Robert J. Gegear is a Professor in the Department of Biology at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dr. Gegear's research focuses on the neuroecology and conservation of plant-pollinator interactions, with particular focus on bumblebees pollination systems.
Wednesday, March 25th
Unraveling Mysteries of the Great Shearwater
Kevin Powers, Stellwagen Bank NMS
Great shearwaters (Ardenna gravis) are the most abundant shearwater in the northwest Atlantic during their wintering season, yet we still don't understand that much about them. Using satellite telemetry over the past 7 years, researchers at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary are starting to figure where they go and how long they stay, along with the reasons why.
Keith Powers serves as a research ornithologist for this project with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Keith is retired from the tech industry and has experience working with seabirds in Alaska with LSU and at the Manomet Bird Observatory.
Wednesday, April 22nd
Cephalopod DNA: a Tour of the Fantastically Weird Octopus Genome Dr. Carrie Albertin, Marine Biological Laboratory
Octopuses are fantastically weird animals: they have flexible, sucker-lined arms, three hearts, blue blood, and skin that can change color and texture in the blink of an eye. They also have the largest invertebrate nervous systems, and complex camera-type eyes to rival our own. To better understand how octopuses and their cephalopod cousins, the squid and the cuttlefish, make these amazing and strange bodies, we can dive into their DNA, looking for the genes that may be responsible for different features. Dr. Carrie Albertin will take us on a tour of the octopus genome, highlighting some exciting genes that are new to science, and others that show us that the octopus is similar to us in unexpected ways.
Dr. Carrie Albertin joined the Marine Biological Laboratory in 2018 as an Early Career Hibbitt fellow, where she is studying cephalopod development and evolution at a molecular and cellular level, with the goal of establishing cephalopods as a compelling model system for comparative evolutionary and developmental research.
Cape Cod Beer is located at 1336 Phinneys Ln, Hyannis, MA 02601
Doors open at 6:15pm for a 6:30pm lecture