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Special event! September 19, Larry Gilbert

The history and role of Brackenridge Field Laboratory at 52 years and counting

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Have you wondered about how and why UT Austin keeps a field lab in the middle of the city? Come on out to this special, one-time event to learn about the history and discoveries made at Brackenridge Field Lab (BFL).

In the 1880’s, leaders of Austin attempted to industrialize with hydroelectric potential of the Colorado River. George Brackenridge provided capital, and land for a dam and a quarry that provided most the dam’s structure. The quarry, abandoned in 1893, and deep silt deposits that followed the dam’s collapse in 1900, were two disturbances that ultimately created a patch of urban nature dedicated as Brackenridge Field Laboratory in 1967. This backdrop explains how BFL, as a keystone resource that fostered UT’s premier graduate program in biology, could be created although never planned for this role by city or university leadership.

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 discovered 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.

Fall 2019 Semester Schedule

It’s that time of the year, mark your calendars! We have four speakers scheduled for an exciting semester of talks, on the second Thursday of every month:

  • September 12: Megan O’Connell – Bees go grocery shopping
  • Special event! September 19: Larry Gilbert – The history and role of Brackenridge Field Laboratory at 52 years and counting
  • October 10: Caitlin Leslie – Sensory Superheroes: Extreme Animal Sensory Systems
  • November 14: Chase Rakowski – Plankton: the little alien-like creatures that might save us all
  • December 12: Claire Hemingway – Brainy bats: strategies for finding food in the jungle at night

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events are held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages!

Note: We will post the precise schedules for each event in a separate, event-specific post. Follow this link for details on the September event. Follow this blog or our Facebook page to get event notifications.

On September 19 we will be hosting a special event on the history and importance of Brackenridge Field Lab. If you’ve wondered why and how UT has maintained a field lab in the middle of the city and what has been discovered there, come on out! Details here.

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

Spring 2019 Semester Schedule

Mark your calendars! We have four amazing speakers scheduled for this semester, on the second Thursday of every month:

  • February 14: Allison Davis – How to get a date: story of a clone
  • March 14: Chris Torres – Evolution of the flamingo’s smile
  • April 11: Decio Correa – All about frogs (and toads!)
  • May 9: Sarah Barfield – Sustainable agricultural science and permaculture

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events are held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages!

Note: We will post the precise schedules for each event in a separate, event-specific post. Follow this link for details on the Feb 14 event. Follow this blog or our Facebook page to get event notifications.

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

Christina Andruk

Plants On Fire!

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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.

Patrick Stinson

How Animals Adapt to Living Around Humans

Patrick Stinson explains the myriad ways in which animals and humans interact in urban ecosystems!

Patrick Stinson is a graduate student in the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin.