The Parting Glass
40 Lake Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Please plan to arrive no later than 6:00pm if you plan on ordering drinks or food. The talk will begin promptly at 6:30pm.
Brought to you by the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Skidmore College, Sustainable Saratoga, and SPAC
Science on Tap is a monthly opportunity for conversation, debate and interaction among scientists and the public while enjoying a fresh pint (available for purchase) at a local pub or brewery.
On May 28th, please join Dr. Brad Lister, from the Department of Biological Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as he address an issue of central importance to the future of our planet: the global collapse of insect populations. We will first travel to the Luquillo rainforest in Puerto Rico and discuss the results of ongoing research on the forest ecosystem that Dr. Lister began in 1976, presenting evidence that shows a rapid decline in insect populations in the forest over the past 40 years which precipitated a simultaneous decline in forest insectivores. Dr. Lister will discuss the implications of these results for rainforests and other ecosystems from the arctic to the equator.
As always, Science on Tap is free and open to the public. 21 and under are welcome, and seating is first come first serve.
About the Speaker
Dr. Brad Lister’s recent field research has focused on the impact of climate warming on ectotherms (an animal that is dependent on external sources of body heat) in the Luquillo rainforest and the Guanica tropical dry forest in Puerto Rico. Part of this work involves comparisons of the current niche relationships and abundances of resident anoles and arthropods, with studies that he conducted in the 1970s. Over that time period, the average temperature of the rainforest has increased by 2.2 degrees C. Comparisons over time show major changes in resource utilization, abundances, and sex ratios of several Puerto Rican anoles, and have documented a 10-20 fold decline in numbers and biomass of arthropod prey.