AMHERST, Mass. – Sarah Partan of Hampshire College will present “Beyond the Chatter: Adventures in Animal Communication” at a Science Café on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. at the Esselon Café in Hadley.
Partan will highlight the fascinating world of animal communication and answer such questions as: Why did the robot squirrel wave its tail? What do female pigeons really want, his song or his dance? Do urban birds find it harder to get a date over all that noise?
Light snacks will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase.
The Science Café series is organized by graduate students in the organismic and evolutionary biology (OEB) program at UMass Amherst, and is supported by the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, OEB, and the UMass Natural History Collections. Organizers strive to bring engaging conversations about science to broad audiences by hosting Science Café events throughout the year.
The graduate program in organismic and evolutionary biology at UMass Amherst trains M.S. and Ph.D. students in four major areas: animal behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology, and organismal biology. OEB graduate students, postdocs and faculty study biological processes ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level, often bridging the gap between basic and applied research.