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Distilled: Pub Talks

Held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Half Penny, Distilled features free public talks by Willamette scholars. No background knowledge is needed, and a Q&A follows each talk.

From Swans to Shamrocks—A Natural History of Ireland

At The Half Penny on March 7 at 7:30 p.m., Willamette University’s “Distilled: Pub Talks” series will feature a talk from biologist and professor David Craig, who will present “From Swans to Shamrocks — A Natural History of Ireland.”

Craig studies the ecology and evolution of animal behavior, which often includes tracking birds across international borders or working with researchers in other countries. His passion for travel included living in Ireland for a semester to teach a class about Irish natural history and culture.

“Ireland’s rich tradition of storytelling is full of symbols based on its relatively simple flora and fauna,” says Craig. “That being said, Ireland’s natural history has had a dramatic impact on global culture, especially in countries like the US that harbor the descendants of the Great Famine.”

The Half Penny is an Irish pub, and the talk falls just ten days before Saint Patrick’s Day. “It’s a perfect place and time for a talk about Irish natural history,” says Craig.

A graduate of Lewis & Clark College and the University of Colorado at Boulder, Craig collaborates with Willamette students and other scientists to study bird migration. If not in his lab or in Willamette’s biology hearth, Craig is busy being a sometimes-runner, artist or guerrilla gardener.

Just south of Madrona at 3743 Commercial St. S., The Half Penny is open to all ages until 9 p.m.

Mailing List

Email pub-talks@willamette.edu to join the Distilled mailing list for monthly alerts about upcoming talks, and follow Distilled on Facebook for trivia hints and more at facebook.com/distilledpubtalks.