Humboldt squid sporadically show up en masse in California, prompting media outlets to freak out about a squid invasion. Is it all hype, or is there cause for alarm? Will Humboldt squid move into California for good, devour all our fish, then cover our beaches with their rotting carcasses? Danna will offer answers and insight from her experience as a mad scientist–years spent mixing squid eggs and sperm in petri dishes to create baby squid for experimentation.

Danna Staaf is a marine biologist, a science writer, a novelist, an artist, and an educator. She helped found the outreach program Squids4Kids, illustrated The Game of Science, and blogs for Science 2.0 and KQED QUEST. She got a BA in Creative Studies from UC Santa Barbara and a PhD in Baby Squid from Stanford, and lives in San Jose with her husband and two cats.

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