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Science Under the Stars: the natural history of central Texas


Join us for our first Science Under the Stars talk of Fall 2023 featuring Callen Inman, a PhD candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology. He’ll delve into the captivating natural history of central Texas and unveil why it’s an exceptional hotspot for biodiversity. 

About the talk:

Central Texas lacks the dense rainforest, verdant mountains, and reef-lined coasts we typically associate with biodiversity. Yet this region teems with life, supporting a unique mix of organisms associated with eastern forests, western desert, and central grassland. Habitats mere miles apart look like they could be in different countries. In central Texas, organisms survive and even thrive in the face of variable rainfall, persistent summer heat, and volatile winter weather. This talk discusses central Texas biodiversity: how it came to be, why it is important, and what challenges it faces. Beyond the highway overpasses, manicured lawns, and glass skyscrapers of this fast-developing region is a surprisingly intact, but rapidly shrinking, ecosystem found nowhere else on the continent.


Time and location:

Brackenridge Field Lab, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

September 14, 2023

7 pm: kid’s activities and the natural history table

7:15 pm: Brackenridge Field Lab tour

8 pm: the talk will officially begin, followed by a Q&A session.

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