Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m. - Science Night Live with Colleen Farmer! "Loopy Lungs: Do Reptiles Breathe Like Birds?" at Keys on Main (242 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT).
SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE
with Dr. Colleen Farmer,
Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Utah
Loopy Lungs: Do Reptiles Breathe Like Birds?
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 5:30pm (Lecture begins at 6:00 pm)
Birds are among the most powerful of athletes, having an extraordinary, if loopy, set of lungs. Furthermore, birds can fly at altitudes that render resting mammals comatose. Studies of the anatomy of the bird lung date back to the work of Volcher Coiter in 1500s, and of the tolerance of birds and mammals to rarified air to the work of Robert Boyle in the 1600s. In spite of this long and venerable history of research, there is much about the bird lung and its capacity for gas exchange in rarefied air that remains shrouded in mystery. Recently, modern medical imaging methods and advances in computer science have been brought to bear on the study of lungs of the sister group to birds, the crocodilians, as well as studies of their cousins, lizards, and are revealing the evolutionary steps that gave rise to the bird lung as well as shedding light on lung structures in long extinct dinosaurs and their kin.
Science Night Live is free and open to the public. Please arrive early, as seating and parking will be limited. Click here to learn more about the Science Night Live lecture series.