“A linguist and a paleontologist walk into BAR”

April 25, 2019

Prof. Claire Bowern will be hosting a Peabody Science cafe conversation with Geology & Geophysics graduate student Daniel Gaskell on environmental adaptation on April 30, 2019. The title of this event is “A linguist and a paleontologist walk into BAR” and will be hosted at BAR at 7PM. The description of the event from the Peabody is below:

“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.”

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