• Suds & Science

    The 2022 Suds & Science season is about to land--buckle up!

    Suds & Science Jason Hill: "So, COVID-19, what are the chances you'll let us pack into a crowded pub this winter to get our science on in person?"
    COVID-19: [silence]
    Jason Hill: "Yeah, I thought so."

    Folks, we here at the Suds & Science Galactic Headquarters (AKA Hartford, Vermont) were ready to meet back in person for PowerPoint-free science conversations with a pint in hand, but sadly that's not on the books for this winter or spring (#OmnicomCovidVariant). Like all of you we're definitely experiencing Zoom-fatigue, but the health of our community comes first, and Suds & Science will (reluctantly) be an online series in 2022. The biggest upside--we'll be able to bring in scientists to present from farther away (folks that could never drive here) and none of you will have to brave icy Vermont roads to get to Suds & Science.

    Hosted by VCE biologist Jason Hill, Suds & Science started as a science discussion series led by a visiting scientist at one of our local brewpubs. Besides the science (from alpine plants to stone tool use by early humans to giraffe conservation), the best part of Suds & Science was meeting and engaging with other fans of science while gaining an understanding of someone's scientific research. When COVID-19 hit, though, we went virtual, and we'll stay virtual for the 2022 season (January-May) as scientists present their research ~40-minute webinar format. Rest assured, we'll still have plenty of time for questions and engagement with our speakers.

    Interested? Of course you are, and it's easy to participate. Talks will be held over Zoom, are meant for all ages, and run from 7-8 pm. There will be a registration link for each talk (posted below), but you do not need a Zoom account to join and participate. If you have any questions, just reach out to Jason at .

    January 4, 2022 (Tuesday): Laura Plimpton [ Columbia University ]—The Diets of Feral Cats in Urban Colonies. Laura is a PhD student in the Eco-Epidemiology Lab, and is interested in the role of anthropogenic drivers in the transmission of diseases from animals to humans. Video available here!

    February 1 (Tuesday): Jay Kelly [ Raritan Valley Community College ]—Impacts of Overabundant Deer and Invasive Plant Species on Forest Understories in Northern NJ. Dr. Kelly is a professor at the RVCC Center for Environmental Studies, and studies the effects of urban deer populations on forest health. Video available here!

    March 2 (Wednesday): Kayla Perry [ Kent State University ]—How does urbanization shape the insect communities found in cities? Dr. Perry is a post-doctoral research in the Bahlai Lab, investigating the ‘effects of environmental change on insect communities across spatial and temporal scales using a variety of quantitative approaches’. We'll meet on a Wednesday this time to avoid conflict with Vermont's Town Meeting Day on March 1st. Video available here!

    April 5 (Tuesday): Christine Cairns Fortuin [ University of Georgia, Forest Entomology Lab ]—Forest bees: The role of forest resources in wild bee conservation and management. Dr. Cairns Fortuin's research "focuses on wild and native bee species in southeastern forests, and how forest management, pesticides, and catastrophic wind disturbances affect wild bee communities and nesting success." Video available here!

    May 3 (Tuesday): Kara Belinsky [ SUNY New Paltz ]—How can we design better suburbs, forest preserves, and clean energy infrastructure for wildlife and humans? Dr. Belinsky studies the behavior, ecology, and conservation of songbirds and the response of invertebrate communities to solar array development. Video available here!

    Selected Past Talks to Watch