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Science Pub RVA: Bigger Thinking on Biodiversity

When you think “biodiversity,” what do you picture? Was it the Amazon rainforest, a U.S. National Park like Yellowstone, or the Great Barrier Reef? These are definitely areas chock-full of interesting and dynamic plants and animals. But biodiversity and its importance aren't reserved to these hotspots. New discoveries and a growing understanding of biodiversity are changing our thinking and could lead to shifts in conservation approaches. Join other curious minds at Science Pub RVA on Monday, October 14th at Keagan's Restaurant & Tavern to discuss the topic with Jason Bulluck of  Virginia's Department of Conservation and Recreation.

With some focus on Virginia, Jason Bulluck will explore concepts that broaden our ideas about biodiversity and discuss potential for maintaining and increasing biodiversity. The title of his talk is “Bigger Thinking on Biodiversity” because he says it’s time to broaden our ideas about how, where and why conserve it.

Some of the things he’d like to discuss with the public are: 
• What are some recent discoveries that expand the functional boundaries of biodiversity?
• How do we currently recognize the quantifiable benefits of biodiversity?
• What has shifted or is currently shifting in scientific thinking on biodiversity?

Jason Bulluck started out romping around in the fields and woods of eastern North Carolina, where he grew up before studying biology at Appalachian State University. These days, he works to assure that Virginia's Department of Conservation and Recreation's Natural Heritage’s maps and data are used to make wise land use and conservation decisions in Virginia. And, he still grabs any opportunity for he and his wife (also a biologist) to get their two young boys outside to romp in and explore nature too

Join this Science Pub RVA discussion on Monday, October 14th at Keagan’s Restaurant & Tavern in Short Pump’s West Broad Village at 2251 Old Brick Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for sociable sipping and such and the scientist takes the floor for just 20 minutes beginning at 6:00 p.m. Then hang around for some lively Q & A and conversation.

Registration is requested, click here to register on Eventbrite.

Science Pub RVA is experimenting with bringing the science café to different parts of the greater Richmond area and this Monday’s event is their first time in Richmond’s West End.

What is Science Pub RVA?
Science Pub RVA is an independent, citizen-led endeavor and part of NOVA Science Café’s network promoted by the long-running PBS program NOVA. To learn more about Science Pub RVA, visit their website, Facebook page or email Cynthia.Gibbs@sciencepubrva.com

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