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Wind down from the workday by learning something new over drinks! Join Overton Park Conservancy at the Golf Clubhouse for a happy hour with guest speakers who will share unique perspectives from their corners of the scientific world. All are welcome; no previous scientific knowledge required

Science Café is scheduled for 5:30 pm the first Tuesday of each month September-December. Registration will open two weeks prior to each program.

  • September 5th | Dr. Jason Hoeksema | Department of Biology, University of Mississippi | The interaction between plants and mycorrhizal fungi
  • October 3rd | Dr. Sarah Boyle | Environmental Studies and Sciences, Rhodes College | Human impacts on the ecology  of fauna and flora
  • November 7th | Dr. Steve Reichling | Conservation and Research, Memphis Zoo | Conservation of critically endangered species
  • December 5th | Dr. Leigh Boardman | Biological Sciences, University of Memphis | Evolutionary and physiological ecology of insects

Coming up…

Dr. Sarah Boyle

Forest Loss and Degradation: From the Amazon Basin to Memphis, Tennessee

In areas that have been heavily impacted by human activities, why do some species go locally extinct while other species do not? This session of Science Café will provide an overview of the impacts of forest loss and degradation, how these factors relate to climate change, and what we can do (individually and collectively) to address biodiversity loss.

Sarah Boyle studies how human actions impact the distribution, ecology, and conservation of plants and animals. Her research also addresses the extent to which a species modifies its behavior when living in areas of high disturbance. Dr. Boyle conducts research in South America, as well as locally in Memphis.


Registration required

Registration for the October 3rd Science Café opens September 19th on this webpage.

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Overton Park Conservancy is the nonprofit organization that has been caring for Memphis’s central green space since 2012. With the generous support of our community, we work each day to make the park a beautiful and welcoming place for all Memphians, as well as a valuable source of urban habitat for wildlife.

The Conservancy must raise roughly 85% of our budget each year from people like you who care about the many things Overton Park has to offer. A gift of any amount helps us maintain and improve the park.

Thanks to Tennessee Valley Authority for sponsoring this program!