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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, so 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

Science Pubs Occur on the Second Monday of Every Month



Estrogen and the Brain – A Dynamic Relationship Across the Lifespan

Monday, April 9


at Dargan's Irish Pub

Estrogen is a powerful neurohormone that exerts its effects throughout the central nervous system. These effects, however, vary as a function of brain region and as a function of time. Please join UCSB neuroscientist Dr. Caitlin Taylor as she discusses her research into the power of estrogen’s influence on the structure and function of our brains, from childhood, to adolescence, through use of the birth control pill, to pregnancy, and menopause.

FREE Public Program

For more information contact Stefanie Coleman at 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or



The Adventure of a Lifetime: Exploring the Deep Sea Aboard the E/V Nautilus

Monday, May 14

Serving as a Science Communication Fellow with the Ocean Exploration Trust since 2015, SBMNH Development Officer Melissa Baffa has had the adventure of a lifetime exploring the deep sea alongside pioneering ocean explorer Dr. Robert Ballard. In 2015 she accompanied Dr. Ballard to the Galapagos Rift Zone during his first trip back to the hydrothermal vents he discovered there in 1977. Since then, she has also explored the deep basins and ridges along the Southern California coastline; she will be returning this fall to explore off the coast of Monterey. Learn about her past explorations aboard the Nautilus, the plans for the 2018 exploration season starting in June, and how you can participate live.


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



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