STEM Tavern @ Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

What makes a talk about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) even more entertaining? Why, beer of course!

Join our monthly STEM Tavern that features a fascinating science presentation plus good beer. For each beer sold at STEM Tavern, Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers will make a donation to the Science Museum of Western Virginia! A food truck will also be on hand.

If you are interested in more information about the STEM Tavern programming, you can contact Sarah Van Zele at  svanzele@smwv.org or 540.342.5718.

Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers (523 Shenandoah Ave.). Talks start at 6 pm!

December 13: Jordan Metzgar  “Focusing on Fronds across the Fern Tree of Life

Dr. Jordan Metzgar will discuss his research on the evolution of diverse fern lineages, including eusporangiate neotropical ferns, Danaea; stately Osmundaceae; heterosporous nitrogen-fixing aquatic fern Azolla; and glacier-loving boreal Cryptogramma. These studies have helped decipher the patterns and timing of diversification across ferns by spanning the field, herbarium, and laboratory. He will also tell us about his new home at Virginia Tech’s Massey Herbarium, the largest collection of plant specimens in the state.

Jordan Metzgar is the Curator of the Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech. Previously he worked at the Museum of the North in Fairbanks, Alaska, while earning his PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research interests have long been centered on ferns. His doctoral research on the boreal fern genus Cryptogramma entailed field work in Alaska, Canada, Russia, and China highlighted the role of rapid climate change in shaping the distribution of these ferns. Previous research efforts at Duke University and Cornell University allowed Jordan the opportunity to characterize the evolution of a diverse array of fern groups.


 January 10: Louis M. Weiss M.D., M.P.H.


February 14: Kristen Felice


March 14: Lauren Kennedy