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Science Under the Stars: Mysteries from the Neotropics


The last Science Under the Stars talk of the season is Thursday, May 11th! This free event will be held outdoors at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory.

Talk title: Mysteries from the Neotropics: Trees, lianas, and others

About the talk: the Neotropics are covered in mysteries that fascinate us. Are trees and lianas friends or enemies? Why do plant seeds and fruits vary so much in seed shape and size? Why does the three-toed sloth only eat leaves? Together, we will get excited about what is so special about tropical forests and think through how they are impacted by us.

The talk is hosted by Damla Cinoglu, graduate student in the lab of Dr. Caroline Farrior. Damla studies plant community ecology with a current focus on forest canopy dynamics and succession.

When: May 11th, 2023 (time schedule below)
Where: Outdoors at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703

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

Want to learn more about Science Under the Stars? Check out their website here.

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