Hops n' Profs

Enjoy a tasty pint of beer while listening to some of the best and brightest from K-State at Hops n' Profs! This new monthly gathering pairs up innovative research with some amazing microbrews. Every month features a K-State faculty member sharing what they love in a fun and lively presentation, along with a featured microbrew from Arrow Catering.

This is a FREE event, held at the Flint Hills Discovery Center the fourth Tuesday of each month, September through April, from 6:00-7:30 PM. All ages welcome. Cash bar available for ages 21+.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Presentation begins at 6:30 PM.

Profs n Pints
February Hops n' Profs

"I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me!": Using Cameras & Technology for Conservation in Parks & Protected Areas


with Ryan Sharp, Associate Professor of Park Management & Conservation, Kansas State University
Tuesday, February 25, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
at the Flint Hills Discovery Center
As outdoor recreation in public spaces continues to grow, protecting our parks and protected areas has become increasingly difficult. Increasing competition among diverse users (wildlife watchers, hikers, horseback riders, ATVs, hunters, etc.) has led to complex interactions, and often conflict. Additionally, these users experience the resources and impact them differently. This presentation will highlight the ways that technology, specifically cameras, can potentially aid in the management of our parks and protected areas. Examples as different as webcams of brown bears in Alaska, to river users in Arkansas, will be discussed. Next time you go explore our public lands, be aware of your surroundings, because you never know who is watching!

Dr. Ryan Sharp is an Associate Professor in the Park Management and Conservation program at Kansas State University. He has the tremendous opportunity to help parks and protected areas managers from the Seychelles to Aruba to Alaska. His current work is focused on improving and developing innovative ways to monitor visitor use impacts to ensure that special protected areas are maintained for future generations.


Ryan Sharp

Can Muskrats Save a National Park?: A Bold Plan to Restore Wetlands & Save an Ecosystem


with Dr. Adam A. Ahlers, Assistant Professor in Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management, Kansas State University
Tuesday, March 24, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
at the Flint Hills Discovery Center
Voyageurs National Park in Northern Minnesota is being overrun by invasive cattails that threaten the biodiversity of its vast native wetlands. Muskrats may have the ability to control the spread of invasive cattails, but their populations are declining across North America. Learn how scientists are restocking Voyageurs National Park with live muskrats in a bold plan to restore the park back to its original glory.

Dr. Adam Ahlers is an ecologist and Assistant Professor in Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management at Kansas State University. He is interested in how rapidly-changing landscapes influence wildlife populations. He conducts research on a variety of topics and fauna in the Midwest and the Great Plains. He is also a father of two young explorers who love spending time in Voyageurs National Park.
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Traveling Across Kansas:
An Interpretive Journey Along I-70


with Ted Cable, Professor Emeritus of Park Management & Conservation, Kansas State University
Tuesday, April 28, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
at the Flint Hills Discovery Center
Based upon his book Driving Across Kansas: A Guide to I-70, Ted Cable will share stories of landmarks and landscapes seen as you drive from Kansas City to Colorado on Interstate 70. Marcel Proust wrote, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” This presentation will help us see familiar things with new eyes and in doing so we’ll find beauty along what is often considered a mundane and much maligned route.

Ted Cable taught in the Park Management and Conservation program at Kansas State University for 35 years. During that time, he wrote 15 books, several book chapters, and more than 250 articles and presentations. While at K-State, Ted received multiple awards for teaching, student advising, faculty mentoring, professional service and international education.
Ted Cable Headshot

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