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Science And A Movie

Science And A Movie

Pacific Science Center is excited to present our Science And A Movie series in collaboration with Central Cinema. Explore research that is related to some of your favorite movies, with an introduction and post-screening discussion with local scientists.

This series is for all ages, with beer and wine available for guests 21 and over.

Tickets: | $10 in advance, $12 at door

Runtime: 124 minutes | Rated: PG
Tuesday, August 8 or Wednesday, August 9 at 7 p.m.
Located at: Central Cinema | 1411 21st Ave., Seattle

Sharks can be scary, a fact that drove millions to the box office when Jaws debuted several decades ago. It turns out that the fear sharks inspire in their prey is of profound ecological importance as well. Learn more about the ways predators can shape their surroundings with Dr. Aaron Wirsing, a wildlife ecologist at University of Washington. Using his work in Western Australia as a case study, Dr. Wirsing will describe, for example, how the mere presence of tiger sharks keeps grazing by large herbivores such as dugongs and sea turtles in check. Following the film, enjoy a lively Q&A moderated by Pacific Science Center.

Our Speaker:

Professor Aaron Wirsing is a wildlife ecologist whose research at the University of Washington examines the ways that large predators can shape their surroundings by inspiring fear. In other words, working in both terrestrial and aquatic systems, he examines the impacts that top predators can have on ecosystems by frightening prey into defensive mode. Much of Dr. Wirsing’s research has focused on large sharks, such as the tiger shark, and reveals that these predators can play crucial roles in marine ecosystems merely by scaring their prey.

Join us Tuesday, August 8 or Wednesday, August 9 at 7 p.m. at Central Cinema.

Tickets: | $10 in advance, $12 at door

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Science and a Movie presents Jaws is in collaboration with Pacific Science Center and Central Cinema.