Photosynthesis: Past, Present, and Future
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)!
Plants on Fire!
Science from the Coffee-lands
After oil, coffee is the most used product in the world, more than a half of adult Americans consume at least one cup a day and it’ has been recently discovered many of its notable health benefits. Aside of many fun facts about coffee, there are several difficulties that coffee growers face to bring you this amazing beverage to your hand. This talk will describe how Colombians have produced the best coffee of the world over a century and will explore how their scientific achievements have improved its quality and production size.
Plants On Fire!
Fire is a natural part of Texas plant and animal communities. Too little fire has altered our savannas and woodlands and put them at risk for catastrophic wildfires. This talk will explore how prescribed fire can be used to restore endangered species, manage invasive species, and reduce extreme wildfire risk.
Truths and Myths Behind the Lost World of South America
From Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World tothe Disney movie “Up”, there are many myths that surround the tepuis (flattop mountains) of South America. Rising up to 3000m, these colossal mountains offer exciting opportunities for evolutionary studies.
Join me as I walk you through the majestic beauty of tepuis. We’ll meet the flora and fauna that call these mountains home, and explore odd myths, and stranger truths, of a lost world.