Science on Tap is back on October 3, with Jeff Goodwin

Science on Tap in Saratoga is a series of informal talks and discussions about science. Started in 2018,  Dr. Kurt Smemo from The Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Skidmore College and Dr. Wendy Mahaney from Sustainable Saratoga wanted to find a way to increase the communication between scientists and the public. The result, Science on Tap in Saratoga is a series of informal talks and discussions led by regional scientists and researchers. Monthly talks will address a diverse array of contemporary scientific research topics and debates. Click here to see the 2019 Fall schedule.

This year, we have a new location – The Parting Glass – to accommodate the high turnout at these events. We also welcome the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as a new partner in our efforts.


Our September event was rescheduled until October 3 @ 6:30 pm at the Parting Glass. Jeff Goodwin, Conservation Stewardship Leader and Pasture and Range Consultant at the Noble Research Institute in Oklahoma, will discuss Grazing and Fire: How Noble Research Institute is balancing ecology and technology to regenerate landscapes on October 3 @ 6:30. As always, admission is free and all ages are welcome. Come early to get settled so the talk can start promptly at 6:30.

Talk Synopsis

In 1933, Aldo Leopold, the father of modern wildlife management stated that “…wildlife can be restored by the creative use of the same tools which have heretofore destroyed it”. The same ecological story can be told for land stewardship. Livestock grazing and fire are often misunderstood, misrepresented, and the target of criticism. Noble Research Institute as an owner and operator of over 14,000 acres of ranchland and an educational source for over 2,000 producers, is keenly interested in providing ecologically sound, stewardship focused solutions to farmers and ranchers in the southern Great Plains. Please join Noble Research Institute as they discuss the positive ecological services provided by the proper application of grazing management and prescribed fire.

About the Speaker

Before coming to the Noble Research Institute in 2016, Goodwin was the state rangeland management specialist for U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Temple, Texas. Prior to that, Goodwin worked as the NRCS state grazing land specialist and provided leadership and coordination to the Texas Grazing Land Coalition. During Goodwin’s 14-year career with NRCS, he worked in multiple locations in Texas as a rangeland management specialist helping producers and landowners meet their management objectives. Previously, Goodwin worked as a research associate in the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Service Range Animal Nutrition Program in Vernon, Texas.

Click here for our 2019 schedule. Note that we will now have two speakers in October.