Science on Tap: John Lundberg, “Alien-like Catfish: A Scientist’s Strange Discovery”

Science on Tap

Date: July 14, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.

National Mechanics
22 S. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
RSVP Online: No Registration Required

Science on Tap is a monthly science café in Philadelphia for anyone interested in getting together with other people to discuss a range of engaging science topics. It is held the second Monday of (most) every month.

Located at National Mechanics, a relaxed, convivial bar in Old City, Science on Tap features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way, while also meeting new people. Come join the conversation!

Want to know what’s in the water? Ask John Lundberg, PhD, about his recent discovery. Kryptoglanis shajii is a strange fish—and the closer scientists look, the stranger it gets. This small subterranean catfish sees the light of day and human observers only rarely, when it turns up in springs, wells, and flooded rice paddies in the Western Ghats mountain region of Kerala, India.

Lundberg, one of the world’s leading authorities on catfish, started taking a closer look at several specimens soon after the discovery of Kryptoglanis shajii in 2011. It’s quite puzzling, but it doesn’t seem to fit into the catfish family tree.

About the Speaker

John Lundberg is an ichthyologist, evolutionary biologist, and systematist. His research mainly concerns fish diversity and diversification using modern and fossil specimens and phenotypic and genetic data. He is drawn to exploration and collecting in poorly known waters and fossiliferous sediments. Lundberg joined the Academy of Natural Sciences as the curator of ichthyology, where he oversaw, grew, and promoted one of the world’s largest and most active research collections of fish. He retired in 2013 but remains active in research.

Presented by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Open to the public (age 21+ or accompanied by chaperone 25 years or older).

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