This month's event features
Jim Robinett of the Shedd Aquarium. FREE! (And free parking lot across the street)
Asian carp are a significant threat to the Great Lakes because of their size, fecundity, and ability to consume large amounts of food. Asian carp can grow to 100 pounds and up to four feet. They are well-suited to the cold water climate of the Great Lakes region, which is similar to their native Eastern Hemisphere habitats. It is expected that they would compete for food with the valuable sport and commercial fish. If they entered the system, they would likely become a dominant species in the Great Lakes. Steadily, the carp have made their way northward, becoming the most abundant species in some areas of the Mississippi, out-competing native fish, and causing severe hardship to the people who fish the river. The Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal connects the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes. Currently, the dreaded Asian carp are in the canal, having been sighted close to Lake Michigan, the fish’s DNA has actually been found in the lake, as well as making a surprise appearance in the lagoon at Garfield Park this past summer. Come on out to hear Jim Robinett of the Shedd Aquarium talk on the subject of the Asian Carp and the Great Lakes. He is an enthusiastic scientist with a wealth of knowledge that he is happy to share. Bring your questions and dive into what’s hype and what’s the real story regarding this local concern of ours!
Science Cafe Evanston is an informal event where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology directly from the experts.
Sponsored by Northwestern’s Vice President of Information Technology, Northwestern’s Vice President for Research, and the Northwestern University Chapter 22 of Sigma Xi.
The Science Cafe Evanston is held from September through November, and then again January through June of each academic year. Science Cafe events will be held at FIREHOUSE GRILL (750 Chicago Ave, Evanston) from 6:30 am - 8:00 pm, generally on the third WEDNESDAY of each month and free and open to the public. This cafe is focused on the adult-level audience. This
PBS Report is almost a year old but describes the situation, includes the presenter Jim Robinett, and shows the threatening Asian Carp.