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Sept 13, Kelly Wallace

Fish are smarter than we think!

 

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Have you ever heard that fish only have a three-second memory? Well that might not be giving fish enough credit. Fish are smarter than we think! They can learn from other fish, solve mazes, and even learn to hit a moving target despite never practicing! Join us for the first Science Under the Stars of the fall semester on September 13 with EEB candidate Kelly Wallace who will talk on some of the cool studies that scientists have conducted to show that fish have some pretty awesome cognitive abilities, as well as go over some of her own PhD work at UT looking at how fish solve problems.

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. The talk will be held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Here’s the schedule for this month’s event:

  • 7:00 pm: Snacks, kids activities, and displays of local animals and plants found at Brackenridge Field Laboratory will be available.
  • 7:15 pm-7:45 pm: Guided tour of the field lab (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!
  • 8:00 pm: Settle in, because the talk begins now!
  • 8:45 pm: Q&A with the speaker.

First time visitor? Please read our pet policy & field station rules here, and find parking info and directions here.

Kelsey Jiang

On Choosing A Home: Lake or Stream?

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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)!

Laura Dugan

Aliens Among Us: Invasive Species.

What are they, what do they do and what can we do about them?

Laura Dugan at Posa Azul, Cuatrocienegas, Mexico

The invasive Jewel Ciclid.

Invasive alien species (IAS) are recognized as one of the greatest threats to global biodiversity.  In today’s modern world, species are moved all over the globe via intentional and unintentional means.  Many of these species are never able to establish and spread in their new environments, but those that do can wreak havoc on native communities via a variety of interactions including predation, competition and hybridization.  In this talk, I will discuss a few of the effects of invasive species and introduce some of the major Texas invaders.  I will also discuss some of the methods that are currently being used to combat invasive species as well as genetic biocontrol technologies that are being investigated as potential amelioration techniques, some of which have already been put into practice in Australia.

Click here to download the poster from Laura’s SUTS Event!