Science speak can be hard to understand, but not at Sci Cafe. Apalachicola National
Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) is kicking off a new series where the public can sit down with a
scientist and have a conversation about scientific topics that are important to everyone who lives
on the gulf coast. Dubbed Sci Cafe because the venue is a local restaurant or pub, the topics change
monthly and questions and comments are welcome. The first of this series was held on February 28, 2012
from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm at Fathom's Steam Room in Carrabelle.
"It's a chance for real people to get to know real researchers in a less intimidating way", said Rosalyn
Kilcollins, Coastal Training Program Coordinator for ANERR, located in Eastpoint.
The topic on the 28th is tarpon fishing and research and more than one scientist was in attendance. Dr.
Jiangang Luo from Miami's Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science discussed tarpon
tagging and satellite tracking. Dr. Kathy Guidon from Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
requested fishermen and women to become scientists by participating in her research using DNA samples.
Dr. Guidon distributed DNA kits to those willing to lend a hand. Captains Ron Harper and Chester Reese
also spoke about local area fishing. Finally, the evening concluded with a video from UF IFAS SeaGrant.
Sci Cafe is planning for alternating month programs at different places and on more coastal living topics.
For more information, call ANERR at 850-670-7700