Volcano Views & Brews
This popular lecture series about volcanic topics began in 2007 and continues every month. Fascinating topics, lively speakers as well as excellent food and libations make for an enjoyable and horizon-widening evening.
APRIL: The Paradox of Enrichment and Other Stories of Colonization on the Pumice Plain
with Dr. John Bishop (Washington State University)
Where and When: Loowit Brewing Company 507 Columbia St. in Vancouver, WA on Tues. April 15th and the Hop N’ Grape 924 15th Ave. in Longview, WA on Thurs. April 24th (note this is the FOURTH Thursday, not the 3rd). Doors at 5:00pm, talks starts at 6:30pm. $5 suggested donation.
Description: Mount St. Helens Pumice Plain was a blank slate - no soil, no biological materials, key nutrients were not present, and of course, there was no life. Dr. Bishop will describe some of the key events and processes that have governed the transition from no life to abundant and diverse plant and animal life, the process known as primary succession. These processes, both expected and unexpected, have lead to new ecological insights and appreciation for how the biosphere takes hold of barren landscapes following catastrophic disturbances.
JOHN BISHOP is a professor of biology at Washington State University –Vancouver. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Mount St. Helens Institute for many years. His research, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on mechanisms that control the development of new plant communities. He is especially interested in how herbivores and a lack of nutrients shape the colonization of barren areas. Bishop earned his PhD in botany from the University of Washington in 1996. He has authored more than 20 scientific papers; please see John’s website for more information on his extensive research.
MAY: Of Butterflies and Bigfoot
with biologist and author, Dr. Robert Michael Pyle
Where and When: Loowit Brewing Company 507 Columbia St. in Vancouver, WA on Tues. May 20th. Cowlitz Co. date and location TBA. Doors at 5:00pm, talks starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10 for this special Views and Brews event.
Description: The wildlands around Mount St. Helens are famous, as everyone knows, for the abundance of Bigfoot reports they have generated. Fewer people may be aware that the Gifford Pinchot is also good butterfly country. Writer and biologist Robert Michael Pyle has researched and written extensively about both of these phenomena. His book Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide is considered by many to be the most affecting account of the Sasquatch tradition in the Northwest; and another of his books, The Butterflies of Cascadia, acquaints lovers of these mountains with the lives that flit by on the bright wings of summer. In this program, Dr. Pyle will bring Bigfoot and butterflies together in a fascinating blend of natural history and lore that respects them both and opens our minds to all that resides, or might reside, on the wild GP.
ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE is the author of 17 books, including Chasing Monarchs, Where Bigfoot Walks, and Wintergreen, which won the John Burroughs Medal. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow, he is a full-time writer living in SW Washington.