Evening Conversation

Peabody Science Cafe

A linguist and a paleontologist walk into BAR

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:00 pm

BAR, 254 Crown Street, New Haven

Daniel Gaskell, Yale Department of Geology and Geophysics
Dr. Claire Bowern, Yale Department of Linguistics

Living things, and the ways they communicate, constantly evolve and adapt. How do microorganisms adjust to warming waters in prehistoric oceans? How do environmental factors drive language change? Perhaps very different types of adaptation share a similar story: trial, error, triumph.

Peabody Science Cafe invites members of the public to join a conversation with scholars from different disciplines as they share their thoughts on a natural history topic. Our first theme of the year is “Environmental Adaptation.” Join us for some food, drink, and ideas!

Daniel Gaskell, a graduate student in Geology and Geophysics at Yale, studies ocean microfossils to estimate climate conditions from the Cenozoic era. He uses geochemistry to investigate how life in the oceans responds to environmental pressures.

Dr. Claire Bowern, a professor of linguistics at Yale, is a specialist in historical linguistics and the languages of Australia. Combining field work, historical records, and modern computational modeling, she studies language change in space and the cultural evolution of languages.

Admission is free, you buy the food and drink. 21 and over only.