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Darwin Days 2018 @ Science Cabaret with Steve Zinder – "Mighty Microbes"

Darwin Days 2018 Science Cabaret – "Mighty Microbes: Methanogens, the Tree of Life, and the Carbon Cycle"

Steve Zinder, Professor in Microbiology at Cornell University

Tuesday, February 13th, 7:00 pm – Sciencenter, 601 1st St, Ithaca, NY

In Earth's distant past, methanogens ruled the world! Delve into the world of microbes and anaerobes, organisms that live without air. The discovery of methanogens, anaerobes that produce methane gas, led to a new understanding of evolutionary history on Earth. In this exciting presentation, we'll explore the role of these mighty microbes in the carbon cycle, learn the secrets of their discovery, and find out how they helped us revise the tree of life. 

Part of "Extreme Life!" - Darwin Days 2018, February 11-17. Celebrate the wild world of evolution through our annual celebration of the life and ideas of Charles Darwin. Cornell University and the Paleontological Research Institution are sponsoring an exploration of "extreme life" during the 2018 Darwin Days. Discover how life is able to thrive in Earth’s extreme environments and learn how life might evolve on other planets. Visit for a full schedule of events.

Sunday, February 11 -- Extreme Double Feature: Cosmos and Life in Hell--2:00 pm, Cinemapolis

Monday, February 12 -- “Evolution at Extremes: Exploring Life at the Limits” Panel Discussion –7:00 pm, The History Center

Tuesday, February 13 -- Science Cabaret with Steve Zinder – “Mighty Microbes: Methanogens, the Tree of Life, and the Carbon Cycle” -- 7:00 pm, Sciencenter

Thursday, February 15 -- Darwin’s Trivia Challenge -- 7:00 pm, The Rhine House

Friday, February 16 -- Keynote by Dr. Phoebe Cohen: “Evolution of Life Before Animals: Gasping for Breath and Dodging Snowballs” -- 6:00 pm, 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell

Saturday, February 17 -- Life at the Extremes - Darwin Family Day -- 10 am - 3 pm, Museum of the Earth


Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00pm

601 1st St. Ithaca, NY 14850

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