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Science Under the Stars: History and role of Brackenridge Field Laboratory
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 08:00pm - 09:00pm
Map of the land use at Brackenridge Field Lab
Map of the land use at Brackenridge Field Lab
 
Students working at Brackenridge Field Lab
Students working at Brackenridge Field Lab
 
Acre plots divided for monitoring at Brackenridge Field Lab
Acre plots divided for monitoring at Brackenridge Field Lab
 

Larry Gilbert (Department of Integrative Biology)

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

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, monthly public outreach lecture series founded and organized by graduate students in the Department of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin. Events are held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. In the case of inclement weather, lectures are held indoors.

Here’s the schedule for this month’s event:

  • 7:00 pm: Snacks, kids activities, and displays of local animals and plants found 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.

 

 

 

Location: Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703