Kaustubh Thirumalai

Ocean Drilling for Ancient Climate Change: Using Microfossils as Time Machines

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Mankind started measuring temperature and rainfall only a hundred years ago or so, with varying degrees of quality until the satellite era. The Earth has been around for much, much longer than a hundred years! What about climate before that? How do we know about climate change on geological time scales? Why is it important? Can that knowledge tell us anything about future climate? In this talk, I will start by giving an introduction to paleoclimatology. Next, I will talk about my specific research which involves using plankton shells and their chemistry to understand about ocean temperature and salinity in the past. Lastly, I will briefly summarize a recent field expedition where I spent two months on the drillship, JOIDES Resolution with 30 other scientists to investigate the history of Indian Monsoon rainfall.

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events start at 8:00pm 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 are 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!

Tracy Burkhard

Squeak, Squeak, Chirp: The Secret Lives of Mice 

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There’s more to mouse noises than a squeak! Mice use all kinds of vocalizations to communicate with each other in a variety of contexts. Come learn about what the mice are saying to each other and how they say it!

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events start at 8:00pm 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 are available (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!

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)!

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)!