Science Café @ the Garden

Sponsored by the College of Science, this series of public talks, given by University of Arizona professors and graduate students bring the community together in a casual setting to learn about the latest research being conducted. You can get to know the faces behind the science, have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding of the world around you. There are five, separate café series at different locations around Tucson now including Tucson Botanical Gardens.  Come join the conversation!

Learn more about UA Science Cafés 

The Wisdom of Trees: Rooted in Science

First Thursday of the Month Feb-May, 6 to 7 p.m.

Please click here for complete schedule: http://www.cos.arizona.edu/content/tucson-botanical-gardens 

The College of Science, Laboratory of Tree Ring Research brings a special forest themed Science Café to the Garden this spring. Engage with UA professors in a casual setting to learn about their latest research. You can get to know the faces behind the science, ask questions and deepen your understanding of the world around you.


From Russia with Heat: An Arctic River and Its Tree-Ring Tracks

Thursday, 4/4, 6–7 pm, Free

Dave Meko, Research Professor, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona

The great Eurasian arctic rivers affect Earth’s global climate system with their supply of fresh water and heat to the the Arctic Ocean. Russian and University of Arizona researchers are teaming up to search for evidence of large floods in rings of larch, pine and other tree species along the Ob River.


Climate Change and Forests – Can History Predict the Future?

Thursday, 5/2, 6–7 pm, Free

Margaret Evans, Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona

As trees grow, they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, substantially mitigating climate change. But their ability to continue to do so in the future, with warming temperatures and rising drought stress, is a matter of great scientific debate. Tree rings are a rich source of information on how tree growth responds to climate variation, that is used to forecast future forest productivity given projections of future climate conditions.


Series special Offer!

*Guests of the Science Café are invited to stroll the gardens, after the talk, courtesy of the Tucson Botanical Gardens (Open until 8:00 p.m.)
*It is strongly suggested that guests make reservations in advance, if they would like to dine @ Café Botanica