Nerd Nite Vancouver is having its one year Nerdaversary – to celebrate they’ve chosen to host Nerd Nite v10 with us at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.

As it states on the Nerd Nite website, there’s never been a better time to be a Nerd. Nerd Nite events are currently held in over 60 cities worldwide. The formula for each is the same – three presenters each give 20 minute presentations in a relaxed, informal environment.

To get everyone geared up for the launch of Sea Monsters Reveled: The Exhibition opening at the Aquarium March 5 2015, Nerd night has put together some “monstrously” delightful talks. Here’s a sneak peek at what the night holds:

#1 Brood Parasites: Monsters of the Bird World

Dr. Chris Balakrishnan, a professor in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University, introduces guests to brood parasitic birds – birds that opt to lay their eggs in the nest of different species than raise young on their own. Chris will run through a number of cases that illustrate how these birds take advantage of the species that raise their young, possibly making you more scared of birds than you were before.

#2 Meet Cadborosaurus: An Introduction to Marine Cryptozoology

Dr. Paul H. LeBlond, an emeritus professor in earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences at the University of British Columbia, takes a look at the evidence behind large, unidentified animals in the coastal waters of the northeast Pacific, collectively known as Cadborosaurus. With hundreds of reports, Paul will critique the evidence and provide some speculations as to their nature.

#3 Could Godzilla Play Hockey? The Rocket Science of Movie Monsters

A professor of astrophysics at the University of British Columbia and a member of the board of the HR MacMillan Space Centre, Dr. Jaymie Matthews hunts for alien worlds, including worlds that might harbour aliens. Could there be a real Godzilla somewhere in the universe, based on the laws of physics and biology? When Godzilla roars, does he purr like a kitten? With the playoffs approaching, the question on the mind of every NHL coach is: can Godzilla skate? Learn the answers to these questions as you sit ringside as an astrophysicist takes on Godzilla, Gamera, King Kong and Smaug in the ultimate battle of brains versus brawn.

Doors at the Vancouver Aquarium will open at 6 p.m. to allow guests time to enjoy a drink before the lecture. Tickets are available online or at the door.

Can’t make it to the event? Watch it live or at your convenience from our live webcast lecture series channel.


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