Science Pub Corvallis

Science Pub Corvallis offers thought-provoking presentations along with good food and drink in an informal atmosphere. Interact with experts, ask silly questions and leave feeling more nourished and knowledgeable. No scientific background is required – just bring your curiosity, sense of humor and appetite!

Pelicans at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge

DATE: January 13, 2020

Where the Willamette Valley’s Wild Things Live!

SPEAKER — Samantha Bartling, visitor services manager, Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

LOCATION — Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis

REGISTRATION for this Science Pub event will open December 16.

William L. Finley, Ankeny and Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuges are special places for very different reasons, depending on who you ask: family time, solace, hiking, birding, historic buildings, photography, hunting, wildlife viewing, making memories. Samantha Bartling, visitor services manager at the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, will describe some of the hidden — and not so hidden — beauties of these valley wildlands.

The refuges host seven threatened and endangered species as well as legacy oak trees, colonies of acorn woodpeckers, herds of Roosevelt elk, bobcats, black bear and 200+ bird species.

Bartling graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management and started her career at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panamá and earned a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Cornell University, focusing on community-based management in protected areas.

Share an evening with Bartling exploring your local wildlands and getting an update on the latest science that drives their management.



February 10: TBD

March 9: Human Milk and Infant Health. Speaker, David Dallas, OSU professor in Public Health and Human Sciences

April 13: The Ecology of Surprise: Ecology and Ethics in an Old-Growth Forest. Speaker, Michael Nelson, Director, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest

May 11: Runners and Their Shoes: Where non-traditional running footwear meets biomechanics. Speaker, Christine Pollard, Director of the FORCE Lab, OSU Cascades

June 1: Climate Change and Human Rights. Speaker, Allen Thompson, OSU professor of philosophy


Science Pub begins at 6 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis and is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be done online (the link will be available when registration opens) before the event or by contacting University Events at 541-737-4717 or If registration is closed (fully booked), walk-ins are welcome, but people who arrive without a ticket will not be admitted to the reserved seating area until 6 p.m.

Podcasts of previous Corvallis Science Pub events on topics such as “Technology in the Fields” and “From Wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis through Science” are available at

For accommodations for disabilities or questions, contact University Events at 541-737-4717 or

Held on the second Monday of the month in Corvallis, Oregon, Science Pub is sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Downtown Corvallis Association and Terra magazine at  Oregon State University.

Tell your friends and join us on Facebook to stay informed about upcoming guests. We hope to see you there! Or check out our podcast and catch the presentations online.

Make sure to secure your tickets for Science Pub Corvallis as we frequently have maximum capacity attendance. Please read the specifics below.

  • This is a free event, but registration is recommended.
  • Registration typically opens three weeks prior to each Science Pub.
  • Available on a first-come, first serve basis at the link above or by calling 541-737-4717.
  • Advanced registration recommended to guarantee a ticket/seat.
  • Only register if you plan on attending, please.
  • If plans change, please cancel your reservation via your initial confirmation email or by calling 541-737-4717.
  • Walk-ins welcome, but seating will not be guaranteed and is based on availability.
  • Register for the Science Pub listserv at Science Pub Corvallis Email List or 541-737-4717.