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Join our fun and friendly conversation, and quench your thirst for knowledge about science and nature. Whether you are a science genius or not-so-science-savvy, you are invited to participate in stimulating discussions and partake in some lively libations.

We meet at Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Santa Barbara. Science Pub is open to all and admission is free. No reservations, so please arrive early ~5:30PM for a seat and to order food and drink. Dargan's is located at 18 E. Ortega Street. Some street parking is available, and Lot#10 is conveniently located adjacent to Dargan's (first 75 minutes free).

Questions: Call 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or

2017 Science Pubs Occur on the Second Monday of Every Month


Concrete Jungle

Monday, November 13

Naturalists, philosophers, artists, and poets have long considered cities the antitheses and scourges of nature. Urban growth is a major driver of global biodiversity loss. Yet, over the past century, American cities have gone from having little, if any, large and charismatic wildlife to being full of it. From herons to hawks, from alligators to iguanas, and from coyotes to pumas, our diverse and dynamic cities are emerging as novel ecosystems in the Anthropocene. UCSB Environmental Studies professor Peter Alagona will explain how this happened and what it means for wildlife, people, and the urban habitats we all increasingly share.

Admission is free. 


For more information please contact Stefanie Coleman at 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or


Individuality: what role for genes?

Monday, December 11

Our ability to measure genetic information has expanded massively in recent times. Join UCSB Associate Professor Dr. Tom Turner, for a discussion about the major, but often complex, role that genes play in explaining the differences among individuals.

Achieving Interstellar Flight

Monday, January 8

Join UCSB Astrophysicist, Professor Philip Lubin as he discusses their NASA Starlight program to use recent advances in photonics enabling small spacecraft  to explore the nearest stars and exoplanets more than a 1000 times faster than current propulsion technologies.

White Abalone Captive Breeding Program

Monday, February 12

Join Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center Aquarist, Thomas Wilson as he discusses the history and current state of the White Abalone fishery, and the efforts of a group of California institutions to restore these animals to their former population density. 

Special thanks to Chris Coulter and HiFi Club for supporting Science Pub.



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