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Central Colorado Humanists: Sunday Science Program

November 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On the first Sunday of every month, join the Central Colorado Humanists for Sunday Science.

About the Event

Come join the Central Colorado Humanists as they feature their own CCH members and friends in a variety of science-oriented talks and discussions. Sunday Science covers topics in all areas of science, hard and soft, from psychology to climate change, plant ecology to NASA space missions. It is also a great opportunity to meet fellow Humanists, make new friends, and learn about new ideas. All are welcome!

Each presentation is informative and features a science topic understandable by both scientists and non-scientists. A question and answer period will follow the talk. Light refreshments will be available, and you are invited to bring a plate of goodies to share. And, in the interest of our environment, please consider carpooling and bringing your own reusable coffee mug or beverage container.

Doors will open at 9:30am so participants can have refreshments and be seated when the program begins promptly at 10am. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Please join us!

This Month: Microbiome Science and the Boreal Toad

Remember to *set your clocks back* one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Enjoy the fallback!

For our November Sunday Science program, University of Colorado PhD candidate Tim Korpita will review the science of probiotics, and will describe his work attempting to use it to help the endangered Boreal toad. 


Boreal toads are a high-elevation amphibian species that were formerly common across the mountains of Colorado. The last few decades have seen a precipitous decline in Boreal toad populations all over the southern Rocky Mountains, mainly due to a recently emerged fungal pathogen.

The McKenzie Lab at CU Boulder has been developing a probiotic treatment that uses naturally occurring skin bacteria to help the toads to fight off the pathogen. The last few years have seen field trials of these treatments on toad populations in Chaffee County. This talk will touch on the pathogen and its impact on our Boreal toads, the science behind probiotic treatments and what we have learned from the recent field trials, and the future of toads in Colorado.

Speaker Bio:

Tim Korpita is a PhD candidate in the McKenzie Lab in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He studies the way microbial communities interact with their hosts, in a variety of systems, and tries to develop conservation tools that incorporate recent advances in microbiome science.

In Colorado, he has been working with the endangered Boreal toad and has participated in efforts to restore the toad to its natural place in mountain wetlands. For the last few years, the majority of this work has taken place in the drainages west of Chaffee County.


About CCH

The Central Colorado Humanists promote Humanism, a rational philosophy, informed by science, guided by reason, inspired by nature and art, and motivated by compassion.

CCH affirms the dignity of each human being and support the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. They advocate the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice.


November 3, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Central Colorado Humanists


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