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Brainy bats: strategies for finding food in the jungle at night
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Credit: Juan Carlos Vindes
Credit: Juan Carlos Vindes
Credit: FJ Rijhiner
Credit: FJ Rijhiner
Credit: Dietmar Nil
Credit: Dietmar Nil

Claire Hemingway (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Graduate Program)

“Brainy bats: strategies for finding food in the jungle at night”

Bats are remarkable in their diversity. Over 1300 species of bats can be found in every continent, except Antarctica. They come in a variety of different sizes, shapes, and colors They also eat many different things such as fruit, nectar, insects, frogs, and fish. Because many bats have to find their food at night, they have evolved a whole suite of different hunting strategies. The brains of these impressive animals have been shaped for a long time to allow bats to find and remember where food is. I will cover just a handful of examples of the ways in which these animals have come up with solutions for finding food at night.

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:

  • 6:00 pm: Snacks, kids activities, and displays of local animals and plants found at Brackenridge Field Laboratory will be available.
  • 6:15 pm-6:45 pm: Guided tour of the field lab (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!
  • 7:00 pm: Settle in, because the talk begins now!
  • 7:45 pm: Q&A with the speaker.

 

 

 

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