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Science Under the Stars: How Animals Adapt to Climate Change

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We would like to invite you to attend our next Science Under the Stars talk of the season Thursday, April 13th! This will be an in-person event held outdoors at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory.

Talk Title:  How animals adapt to climate change, and how kids can help them

About the talk: As our planet becomes hotter and places such as Texas become drier, many people are worried about the effect on native wildlife. Current climate change impacts can be frightening, from out-of-control wildfires to mass mortality of animals. However, animals have a variety of ways they can adapt to our changing climate, from altering their behavior to changing their physiology and even evolving over time to cope. In this talk, we’ll discuss some of the mechanisms animals have for dealing with rising temperatures and explain why there is still plenty humans can do to help them, even in the face of constant pessimistic predictions.

When: April the 13th, 2023 (time schedule below)
WhereThe talk will be held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703

The talk is hosted by Erik Iverson, graduate student in the Department of Integrative Biology and a Stengl-Wyer Fellow. You can learn more about his research here.

Here’s the schedule for the night:

  • 7:00 pm: Kid’s activities and natural history displays of local animals and plants found at Brackenridge Field Laboratory 
  • 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
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