Cafe Sci

Bigelow Laboratory's Café Sci is a fun, free way for you to engage with ocean researchers on critical issues and groundbreaking science. In July and August of 2017, we hosted six Cafe Sci events at our laboratory in East Boothbay, Maine, thanks to the generous support of HM Payson. We've made videos of three of the events available below.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to our lab in July 2018 for our next Café Sci series. Details will be posted on this page when they become available.

Selected 2017 Videos

Wavelengths of Change: The Impacts of a Yellowing Gulf of Maine


Led by Dr. Barney Balch

The Gulf of Maine is changing. Its temperatures are rising, and even the color of the water is changing. Few know this as well as Senior Research Scientist Barney Balch. For the last 18 years, he has crossed the Gulf countless times, gathering and analyzing samples to investigate how it works and how long-term changes in climate affect the vital organisms at the bottom of the marine food web. In this Café Sci, Barney discusses the important answers his research has revealed and the many intriguing questions that remain. (Recorded on July 11, 2017.)

Civic Science: Research by the People, for the People


Led by Dr. Nick Record

Thousands of scientific reports have depended on data collected by non-scientists. This citizen science is incredibly effective at expanding scientific data sets when more expensive options, such as satellites, are not possible. It also greatly contributes to the formation of a more scientifically minded public. In this Café Sci, Senior Research Scientist Nick Record discusses how grassroots approaches can answer research questions and how you can be involved with aiding scientific discoveries. (Recorded August 1, 2017.)

Genetic Engineering: An Unexpected Ally for Environmental Conservation?


Led by Dr. José A. Fernández-Robledo

During the last two decades, the world of genetic engineering has become cheaper and easier, resulting in huge increases in our knowledge about the ways in which genomes work. This has allowed scientists to do incredible things like mass producing human insulin and modifying drugs to be safer and have longer shelf lives. In this Café Sci, Senior Research Scientist José A. Fernández Robledo discusses the importance of genetic engineering, its ability to enhance oyster aquaculture production, and its potential to help us protect our wild places. (Recorded August 15, 2017.)

Cafe Sci Videos