• “Saving Wakulla Springs ” Overland Tour 2018

    “Saving Wakulla Springs ” Overland Tour 2018 Spring Series Saturday Tours on March 17 and April 21. Jim Stevenson, is a Florida Springs Expert. On this fascinating guided tour through the scenic basin area of Wakulla Springs there are 7 different stops of interest. You will follow along the journey of water from Tallahassee to Wakulla Springs.  Tour departs from Cascades Park (parking lot on the corner of East Bloxham St. And South Gadsden St.) at 8 am. The Tour concludes inside the Wakulla Springs State Park.    The cost is $18/person, $10/student which includes admission to the park.    To make reservations call (850) 926-3376 or PalmettoExpeditions.com 

  • 2018 TSS Gold Medal Honoree Announced

    The Tallahassee Scientific Society’s Gold Medal, established in 2004, is bestowed annually by the Society on a scientist or scholar selected from the Tallahassee community whose career achievements in science or science education and outreach are deemed exemplary. The Society is pleased to announce that this year’s honoree is Dr. Jeff Chanton of FSU’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. Jeff is a Gulf Coast Native. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985, and joined the faculty at Florida State University in the Department of Oceanography in 1989. He is a Lawton Professor, an AGU fellow, an Aldo Leopold Fellow, and…

  • Horizons 2018

    May 22 • Dr. Jack Davis The Gulf of Mexico: History, Nature, and Hope Jack Davis, PhD, is a professor of environmental history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida. Davis is the author or editor of several books, including An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century and The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. The Wall Street Journal called The Gulf a “wide-ranging, well-told story, by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring, and chilling.” Davis, who lives on future Gulf-front property in Gainesville, is working on a new book, Bird of Paradox: How the Bald Eagle Saved the Soul of America.

  • March For Science

    WHEN Saturday, April 22, 2017 11 am – Pre-March Rally with Music, Science Booths & Speakers NOON – Begin Marching to Capitol Building 1 pm – Scientists speak out on the steps of Florida’s Old Capitol WHERE at Anita Favors Plaza • 124 W. Van Buren St. Across Monroe St. from Cascades Park, West end of the new pedestrian bridge, near Shell’s Oyster Bar. Parking available at Parking Garage C • Entrance on S. monroe St., near Cascades Park National March for Science On April 22, 2017, the nation (and much of the world) will march in support of science and the scientific community. In Florida, 20 towns and cities have…

  • Horizons 2017

    February 23 • Bruce Means Diamonds in the Rough: Natural History of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Bruce Means is a biologist at Tallahassee’s own Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy and leading authority on the natural history of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake. He has published 10 books and 280 scientific research papers, contract reports, and popular articles in Natural History, National Geographic, International Wildlife, National Wildlife, BBC Wildlife, South American Explorer and other natural history magazines. Presenter in numerous documentary films for National Geographic Explorer, BBC Television, and PBS, he celebrates North America’s iconic eastern diamondback rattlesnake in the most exhaustive study of any single snake in the world. March…

  • Lannutti Lecture Series

    The 2017 Lannutti Lecture series will be held on November 30th. Mark your calendars and plan to attend one or both of the lectures. This year’s presenter is Dr. Gabriela González, a professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University. LSU is only 30 miles away from the LIGO Livingston Observatory, where she conducts most of her research. The LIGO project, funded by the National Science Foundation, has gravitational wave detectors in two observatories, the one in Livingston and a second in Hanford, Washington. Dr. González has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 1997, and in 2011 she was elected as its spokesperson. Her research addresses…

  • Gas Sylvestre: Introducing Carbon Dioxide

    Introducing a must-see event to learn about the exciting properties of Carbon Dioxide. Hosted at the Leroy Collins Public Library in conjunction with the the Second Saturday Science Labs collaboration.

  • Horizons 2016

    February – Chris Koenig Click to View PDF March – James Rice Click to View PDF   April – Tom Seeley Click to View PDF   May – Ken Ford Click to View PDF     February 25 • Chris Koenig, Ph.D.Deep Science:  The Secret Lives of GroupersCome hear from one of the top grouper researchers in the country fascinating details about one of the largest and most curious classes of fish in the ocean. Discover what Dr. Chris Koenig has learned from studying various species of grouper for more than 30 years. Challenger Learning Center – 200 South Duval Street, Kleman Plaza March 24 • James RiceWheels on Mars:  The Adventures…

  • Robots & The Wright Brothers

    Topic of May 25 Horizons Talk FRANK STEPHENSON SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT Self-driving cars, death-dealing drones, robots performing surgery, computers writing their own codes–not even George Orwell imagined a world where Big Brother could be a super-smart machine instead of a faceless, mind-robbing bureaucrat. But such is our world today as humans face a future where robots are predicted to eventually take over countless tasks that since the dawn of man have been done strictly by flesh and bone. Whether we like it or not, The Age of Artificial Intelligence is upon us, with consequences that may be liberating, terrifying or merely annoying but surely profound. Are recent dire predictions…

  • Scientist’s Talk Examines Brainy Honeybees

    FRANK STEPHENSON SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT Just how smart are honeybees? Scientists already know they are some of the cleverest insects on earth, capable of recognizing landmarks and different colors — and even smells — for navigation. But it turns out that bee biologists are now discovering that the buzzing little critters are far brighter than scientists ever realized. The new findings are putting honeybees’ critical roles in nature and agriculture into an intriguing new perspective, scientists say. One of the foremost honeybee ecologists in the country, Tom Seeley of Cornell University, says that while individual bees are astonishingly clever — given the fact that their brains may be the…