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April 12, Gautam Surya

Bird Conservation in Northeast India: The what, the how and the why.

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With stories about a 6th mass extinction in the headlines, ‘conservation’ is a word we all are becoming increasingly familiar with. But what exactly is conservation, how does science help contribute to conservation efforts, and why is conservation important?  Come out to Science Under the Stars this April to hear EEB PhD candidate Gautam Surya discuss these topics in the context of his own conservation work in Northeast India, a global biodiversity hotspot. Can’t make it to the talk or want an introduction to Gautam’s research and field experiences? You can read through a series of blog posts that he wrote for Global Wildlife Conservation in 2015 – they’re amazing!

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.



Jesse Lasky

Biodiversity, Oddities, and Conservation of Southeast Asian Tropical Forests


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!