March 12: Tessa Solomon-Lane

The Life and Times of a Sex-Changing Fish

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Whether you’re a human, dog, bird, fish, or insect, living in a social group has costs and benefits.  The members of your social group can have a big impact on your biology and behavior, including how much you eat and exercise and whether you lead a healthy life.  I will introduce you to the amazing biology of bluebanded gobies, a fish for which social context is so important that it can cause a female to become a male, and vice versa!  Come learn about what these socially savvy fish can teach us!

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events start at 7:30pm outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages! Guided tours of the field lab will be available (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!

Spring 2015 Lineup!

We hope everyone had an excellent holiday! Please save the date to come and hear these awesome speakers!

  • February 19: Ian Wright (animal romance)
  • March 12: Tessa Solomon-Lane (sex-changing fish)
  • April 9: Tracy Burkhardt (mouse communication)
  • May 14: Kaustubh Thirumalai (ancient climate change)
Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events start at 7:30pm outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. We provide refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages!

February 19: Ian Wright

Love, Marriage, and Baby-carriages in the Animal Kingdom

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Didn’t get enough love this Valentine’s Day? Have you always wondered what V-day is like in the animal kingdom? How do animals find a mate? And how do they convince them to get past the first date? Ever wondered why lizards do push-ups and why spiders dance? Then come watch these and many more amazing behaviors and be prepared to literally learn about the birds and the bees!

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events start at 7:30pm outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages! Guided tours of the field lab start at 7pm (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!

Mariska Brady

Diatom mania: Hunting slime!

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Do you know what diatoms are? Do you know where they live, how they live, what they do? Have you seen one? Have you seen one alive? Does it surprise you that I know that you have? Does it surprise you that your very breath depends on them?
You don’t have to travel around the world to study them, but you could and I did. Come join us, and let yourself be convinced of the beauty, utility, diversity and mystery of diatoms by me, a slime hunter a.k.a. a diatomist.

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events start at 7:30pm outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages! Guided tours of the field lab start at 7pm (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!

Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler

A lyrical voyage through the microbiome

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We are not alone. We share our lives, our food, and our friends with trillions of bacterial beings. More bacterial cells live in the human body than there are stars in this galaxy. Yet we are now starting to explore this wild microworld and barely beginning to understand how it affects our health and well-being. Join us in a voyage through bacterial discovery. Who are they? How do we study them? Why should we be interested in learning more about them? Also, we will sing songs about them.

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events start at 7:30pm outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages! Guided tours of the field lab start at 7pm (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!