The Columbus Science Pub is an event that aims to present scientific issues in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. No science background? No problem!! Everyone and every question is welcome.
The presentation starts promptly at 7:30pm. If you’d like to order food before the event, please arrive early. A full bar and menu is available.
**Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating.**
THIS MONTH’S TOPIC:
The Pacific ocean is vast. Far before satellites, maps or even the rise of Ancient Greece, the people of the Solomon Islands crossed 2,000 miles of open ocean to colonize the islands of Oceania. For 300 years they set up colonies across Melanesia, Micronesia and into the western edge of Polynesia. Then they stopped. Lasting 2,000 years, this period is called the Long Pause. Why did these clearly capable, dedicated sailors of the ancient world stop discovering new islands?
Dr. Alvaro Montenegro is fascinated by the Long Pause. Many people focus on cultural reasons why the people of Oceania stopped exploring but Alvaro brings a different prospective to the problem. Distance was not the only factor since the people of Oceania. They never reached much closer islands like New Zealand. Alvaro is a geographer interested in climate change and climate modeling so his approach to solving the problem looks at the ocean not the people. Alvaro looks at the climate and ocean currents to model how ancient ships could navigate the waters of the Pacific to eventually colonizing Polynesia including Hawaii and Ester Island.