May 8: Mariana Vasconcellos

Brazil’s Tropical Savannah

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When you think about the tropics, do you just imagine rainforests and beautiful beaches? When you think about savannas, do you picture a habitat with few species and assume it to be in Africa? Come and explore the Cerrado ecosystem, the most diverse savanna in the world located in the heart of South America. I will introduce you to some of the unique organisms inhabiting the Cerrado’s beautiful landscape, and discuss the ecological and evolutionary factors that contributed to this great biodiversity that is currently under threat due to habitat loss.

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)!

Spring 2014 Lineup!

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

  • February 20: Bret Pasch (singing mice)
  • March 20: Liz Milano (biofuels)
  • April 10: Gautam Surya (birds in India)
  • May 8: Mariana Vasconcellos (cerrado ecosystems)
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!

Gautam Surya

Bird conservation in Northeast India: What I do, and why I do it

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One of the last great unexplored regions of the world, Northeast India is also the most biodiverse place in the Eastern hemisphere. I will talk about the amazing birdlife found there, the efforts being made to save it, and why those efforts (and conservation in general) are important in the first place.

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)!

Liz Milano

Grassoline: Fueling the Biofuels Debate

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What are the pros and cons of biofuels as a renewable energy resource? Find out as we explore current research on producing ethanol from cellulose.

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)!

Bret Pasch

The Songs of Mice

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This lecture will explore the broad diversity of acoustic signals produced by mice. From a mouse that sang over the airwaves of NBC studios in 1936 to Neotropical singing mice, the current rock stars of the rodent world, discover the context & consequences of vocal communication in animals with underappreciated voices.