The Wagner Free Institute of Science has always been provocative. This month, an event in their Weeknights at the Wagner series highlights coral reef reproduction. “Sex on the Reef” comes from Dr. Alison Sweeney of Penn’s Physics and Astronomy department.
The process a coral reef undergoes to reproduce is an annual, hours-long affair. That much is clear. What’s a bit murkier for scientists is the timing involved. Dr. Sweeney’s work tracks down the details. Is it moonlight? Does the water temperature have to be just right? Do the corals use a shared Google Calendar? The field of bio-optics combines physics and biology to shed light on these natural mysteries. Head over to the Wagner on Thursday, February 16, for another amazing free, public lecture on the latest scientific findings Philadelphians are involved in. Be sure to get there early to browse the museum’s collections before the talk.
Sex on the Reef: A Weeknights at the Wagner Lecture
Thursday, February 16 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W Montgomery Ave
Registration is free