Open Mic Science is a monthly “science cafe” presentation — in an informal pub atmosphere — on an interesting topic in science by a local scientist who is carrying out work in that field.

In this podcast, we meet retired oceanographer Michael Dagg, who is the organizer of Open Mic Science on Bainbridge Island, and who describes the topics for the next two first-Monday-of-the-month 8pm sessions of October 6th and November 3rd.

The Treehouse Cafe in Lynwood Center makes a pleasant room available for these free public gatherings that typically attract 30 to 50 folks. You can come a few minutes before the 8pm event, purchase your favorite beverage from the bar and enjoy it during the informal talk and Q&A.  No advance booking is required.

The October presentation will be given by Dr. Phyllis Stabeno, a Physical Oceanographer at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) in Seattle. She is co-leader of NOAA’s Ecosystems and Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (EcoFOCI).

For the past 25 years, she has worked on physical oceanographic, climate and ecosystem projects in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. The Bering Sea is one of the most abundant and economically significant fisheries in the world, and is therefore studied extensively.

She is the lead investigator for a mooring array that has monitored important biological, chemical and physical properties of Bering Sea water for about 20 years.

Recently she has focused on climate change impacts on the subarctic seas around Alaska.

On November 3rd, the presenter will be Dr. Jeremy Mathis, a Marine Chemist at the Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Jeremy is currently located at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) in Seattle working on aspects of carbon dioxide flux from the atmosphere to the ocean, and he is a leader of various professional groups in his field. That evening he will talk about how the intrusion of human-generated carbon dioxide into the ocean (Ocean Acidification) affects marine life, ocean biochemistry and ecosystems.

Open Mic Science is based on the principles of Cafe Scientifique — and is committed to the public understanding of science. As the Bainbridge group’s website says, “Intellectual curiosity required. No specific science knowledge needed.”

Credits:  BCB host: Barry Peters; BCB audio editor: Stuart Stranahan; BCB intro music: Tim Bird; BCB ferry music: Dogfish Bay Studios; BCB podcast art: artopia creative.