Science Pub Portland - Mission Theater

Date: Oct. 15, 2013 Time: 7-9pm Located at: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
Who is this for: 21+ (or minor with adult) Cost: $5 suggested donation

Science Pub Portland - Mission Theater

The Wonderful World of Moss!
with Todd Rosenstiel, PhD, associate professor of biology at Portland State University

Moss – found wherever you look in Portland – is an amazing, and ancient, survival machine. Though these small, fuzzy, and unassuming  green plants are the bane of Portland rooftops, mosses grow on every continent, house a bizarre assortment of tiny, but terrifying, creatures, and may hold the key to global climate change.  But, how much do we really know about the diminutive, secretive, and successful world of the mosses?  

In this talk, plant biologist Todd Rosenstiel, will chronicle the global revolution in moss biology, and discuss the surprising and misunderstood world of Earth’s most ubiquitous plants. His research team has discovered that mosses are remarkably more sophisticated than previously understood, with incredibly diverse and complicated sex lives, and have surprising and important roles in influencing Earth’s climate, and regulating the health of our own Northwest ecosystems.

He is currently an Associate Professor of Biology at Portland State University and is the acting Director of PSU’s Center for Life in Extreme Environments, where his research team investigates a wide range of topics in moss biology, from the ecology of mosses in geothermal hotsprings and Antarctic islands, to the roles of urban mosses in influencing Portland’s air quality and green infrastructure.  He has worked as a research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research and Environmental Science at the University of Colorado, as well as the Institute of Tree Physiology in Freiburg, Germany. His research group uses ecological, physiological, and molecular tools to understand how mosses survive extreme conditions, impact the health of Northwest forests, and may be used to influence a new generation of green design.



Science Pub-Mission Theater is a monthly event open to anyone aged 21+ (or minor with adult). No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge! 
$5.00 suggested cover charge. Tell your friends. We hope to see you there!
Questions? E-mail sciencepub@omsi.edu. Visit http://www.omsi.edu/sciencepub for a description of upcoming topics.