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Special thanks to Chris Coulter and HiFi Club for supporting Science Pub.

Join our fun and friendly conversation, and quench your thirst for knowledge about science and nature. Whether you are a science genius or not-so-science-savvy, you are invited to participate in stimulating discussions and partake in some lively libations.

We meet at Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Santa Barbara. Science Pub is open to all and admission is free. No reservations, please arrive early ~5:30PM for a seat and to order food and drink. Dargan's is located at 18 E. Ortega Street. Some street parking is available, and Lot#10 is conveniently located adjacent to Dargan's (first 75 minutes free).

Questions: Call 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or


Sex, Science, and Sardines
with Dr. Chuck Rennie, Adjunct Curator of Marine Mammology
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Monday, October 27, 2014
6:30–8:00 PM

Join Chuck Rennie as he sorts fact from fiction regarding pioneering marine biologist Ed Ricketts and his close friendship with John Steinbeck. Sip a pint while you learn more about the man behind the character, Doc, in Steinbeck’s Cannery Row as Rennie discusses “Sex, Science, and Sardines.”

NOTE: Starting in November, Science Pub will switch to the 2nd Monday of every month

Lying with colors: the biology of mimicry
with Dr. Elizabeth Long
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
Monday, November 10, 2014
6:30–8:00 PM

Mimicry is one of the best-studied examples of adaptive evolution. While the phenomenon has been described in many animals, it is perhaps most famous in butterflies.  Consider the Monarch and its mimics, the Viceroy and Queen.  We'll talk about how mimicry systems work, how they evolved, and look at some ongoing work in a unique mimicry system involving Checkerspot butterflies in California.



From Chanterelles to Death Caps: Mushrooms of the Central California Coast
with Dr. Bob Cummings
Monday, December 8, 2014
6:30–8:00 PM

Recent rains bring promise to the end of a multi-year drought, but to local mycologists they also bring the promise of mushrooms.  A rich mix of mushrooms from the northern temperate mycoflora north of Pt. Conception and the drier southern mycoflora can be found in the Chaparral, Oak Woodland and Oak Savannah that dominate much of our Mediterranean climate landscape.  Meet us at Dargan’s and mull over some mushrooms with mycologist Bob Cummings.




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