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Petri Dish: Extinction

Wednesday | April 03, 2019 | 6:30 pm8:30 pm


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When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?

As the threat of extinction accelerate under changing conditions, the conversation about which species to save and why takes on greater urgency. Is there a right way to decide what to fight for and what to let go? Are some extinctions true “game-changers” and can human innovation fill the gaps fast enough. Should we be worried about sharp declines in insects?

Join us at Urban Growler for science-themed trivia and a discussion with experts from across disciplines.


Forest Isbell is an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and associate director of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. He served as lead author of the Americas assessment and a lead author of the Land Degradation and Restoration assessment for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Dan Philippon is an associate professor of English who studies American environmental literature and its relationship to the ideas of nature, culture, and place. Dr. Philippon served as a senior fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Germany and was past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.

Tickets : $6

Doors at 6:30pm; Program at 7pm
Light appetizers provided. Cash bar.

About Petri Dish

Isn’t life fascinating? It gets even more interesting when you put three University of Minnesota experts with distinct perspectives together in the same room for an unscripted, free-flowing discussion. No Powerpoints. Just music, trivia and lots of lively, curiosity-driven conversations.

Petri Dish events are co-sponsored by the Bell Museum and the College of Biological Sciences.


Wednesday | April 03, 2019
6:30 pm–8:30 pm
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Urban Growler Brewing Co.
2325 Endicott Street
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

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