Too Many Males and Too Little Time: Mate Choice in Socially Complex Groups
For many animals, choosing their mate is one of the most important decisions individuals make. In animals who mate within dynamic social aggregations, choices are far from simple. Individuals must evaluate the attractiveness of many potential mates and also weigh emergent sources of information, such as competitive interactions and other individuals’ mate choices. Come learn how mate choice rules can change with the social context- from irrational frogs to copying fish- and how such behavioral variation might influence the evolution of sexually-selected traits.
We hope everyone is having a great summer! Please save the date to come and hear these awesome speakers!
- September 12: Kelsey Jiang (stickleback)
- October 10: Alejandro Berrio (coffee)
- November 14: Ian Wright (spiders)
- December 12 : Amanda Lea (Panama)
Spiders get a bad rap. But in reality they can be beautiful, helpful to humans, and hardly ever dangerous. Join UT graduate student Ian Wright as he hopes to dispel the myths about spiders, talks about the amazing diversity of spiders on this planet, and opens up their incredible world.
Science from the Coffee-lands
After oil, coffee is the most used product in the world, more than a half of adult Americans consume at least one cup a day and it’ has been recently discovered many of its notable health benefits. Aside of many fun facts about coffee, there are several difficulties that coffee growers face to bring you this amazing beverage to your hand. This talk will describe how Colombians have produced the best coffee of the world over a century and will explore how their scientific achievements have improved its quality and production size.
On Choosing A Home: Lake or Stream?
How do animals choose their habitat? Threespine stickleback is a small fish common in the Northern Hemisphere. Some of these fish live in lakes and others in adjoining streams in Canada. Come learn how they choose a habitat and why it matters in the evolution of new fish species.
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)!