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Emlyn Resetarits

Hidden in Plain Sight: Camouflage, Chameleons, and Nature’s Invisibility Cloaks

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Ever wish you had a Invisibility Cloak like Harry Potter? Nature certainly has. From chameleons, to cuttlefish, to insects, the world is filled with organisms that can disguise themselves and appear invisible. Come explore the hidden world of illusion in November’s Science under the stars talk!

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 are available (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!

Emily Beth Rees

Plant Defenses: Attack From All Sides

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Plants are vital to our existence on earth. They are the backbone of any habitat – providing, food, shelter, medicines, and the air we breathe. It’s easy to forget that they are living organisms that struggle against many of the same pressures as us, such battling viruses and avoiding predators.  Lacking an immune system and the ability to walk away from trouble, plants have adapted a variety of mechanisms to overcome these obstacles.  In this talk, we will explore the diverse ways that plants cope with pathogens and predators–and how some of them are important to humans for agriculture and medicine.

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)!

Stavana Strutz

What’s Eating You? Texas Vectors and their Pathogens

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Texas is renowned for its beautiful landscapes and rich diversity of plant and animal species. Unfortunately, we also have a diverse array of parasites and their blood-feeding carriers. Parasitism is all around us! Come out to learn about parasitism, the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases in Texas, and most importantly, how to protect yourself!

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)!

Fall 2015 Lineup!

We hope everyone had an excellent summer! Please save the date to come and hear these awesome speakers!

  • September 17: Stavana Strutz (leishmaniasis)
  • October 8: Emily Beth Rees (plant defenses)
  • November 12: Emlyn Resetarits (chameleons)
  • December 10: Alex Wild (ants)
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!

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)!