Science on Tap: The Vanishing World of the Polar Bear

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 06:30 pm to 09:30 pm

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 06:30 pm to 09:30 pm
This is a free event!

Nowhere on Earth is the impact of climate change being felt more acutely than in the Arctic, where dramatic increases in air and ocean temperature, loss of sea ice and disruption of weather patterns are catapulting this frozen region into an unknown future. Come and learn about this vanishing world through the eyes of a scientist and field researcher who has worked with polar bears, polar bear biologists, and confronted the fateful meaning of warming in a land of ice.

University of Colorado scientist Jennifer Kay studies these changes first-hand. An Assistant Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Kay analyzes satellite and ground-based observations and runs climate models to help scientists better understand how changes in clouds and ice will change the Arctic’s future - and ours.

In addition to atmospheric research, Dr. Kay works with Polar Bears International - the world's leading polar bear research and conservation organization ( This work has brought her to Churchill, Manitoba, known as the polar bear capital of the world. There each fall, hungry polar bears outnumber people as they gather along the shores of Hudson Bay to wait for sea ice to form. And as the Arctic warms, the hunting grounds for these specialized predators are vanishing.

Over her career, the transformation has been mind-boggling. Arctic air temperatures for the past five years have exceeded all previous records since 1900. The 10 lowest summer sea ice extents have all occurred in the last 11 years. In the past 33 years, the old, multi-year sea ice that helps keep the Arctic frozen in summer has declined by 95%, with profound consequences for ice-adapted wildlife like polar bears.

Science on Tap is a monthly opportunity for science enthusiasts and beer lovers to come together and discover the latest and greatest research in science and technology that is happening right here on the Front Range. Presented by Gunbarrel Brewing Company, local scientists across a variety of disciplines present their work in a fun, informal, and interactive setting while enjoying some of Boulder’s finest craft beers. You can expect plenty of beer to be flowing, a 30-40 minute presentation with intermission followed by discussion and Q&A.

TICKETS REQUIRED for entry to event.
DOORS at 6:30pm

Please arrive early to select a beer, enjoy the food truck and select your seats.
Please know that if you are late, you may forfeit your reserved seat.
No tickets required to enter taproom.
Guests without tickets are welcome to line up at the entry to the talk to fill up unused seats. Un-ticketed guests may select from remaining seats at 7pm, once admitted by venue staff but not prior out of respect for tickets holders.

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