September 18: 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)!

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!

WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT

Due to the forecasts for thunderstorms and hail we are postponing Mariana Vasconcellos’ talk to next week (May 15). It will otherwise be held at the same time (7:00 pm) and place. The page for the talk has also been updated to reflect this change. We hope to see you then!

May 15: 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)!

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)!