October 9: 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)!

November 13: 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)!

Fall 2014 Lineup!

We hope everyone had a fantastic summer! Please save the date to come and hear these awesome speakers!

  • September 11: Rachel Wright (corals)
  • October 9: Catalina Gempeler (microbiome)
  • November 13: Mariska Brady (diatom genetics)
  • December 11:  TBD
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! We also offer tours of Brackenridge Field Laboratory starting at 7pm. Come out to see all the local flora and fauna of the Field Laboratory!

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!

Rachel Wright

Are some corals better than others?

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Coral reefs are important ecosystems that are currently experiencing massive global declines due to a variety of factors.  The Matz lab at UT Austin looks for certain corals that may be more resistant to harmful environmental changes in hopes of securing a better future for our reefs. Come and learn about these beautiful ocean creatures!

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)!

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)!