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An Invasive Carol (Battles with Invasive Species Video Series – Christmas Special)

This Christmas Carol tale begins on Christmas Eve with Ebenezer Scrooge, a man with a stingy heart, a disdain of native plants, and a phobia of dirty feet. His former business partner, Jacob Marley warns Scrooge of visits by three spirits. Overnight, the ghosts lead Scrooge through his innocent past, misguided present, and possible dire future overrun by invasive species. They help to transform him into a man of joy and compassion, both with the family of his impoverished clerk, Bob Cratchit, and his diverse ecosystem.

This video is part of my “Battles with Invasive Species” series to give kids of all ages a fun and humorous way to learn about invasive species. Here are other videos that you may enjoy too! 🙂

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All Eyes on Dr. Chris Kirk’s Hot Science – Cool Talks presentation – Pre-talk Video Interviews

I had a great time visiting with Dr. Chris Kirk yesterday for a series of pre-talk interviews for his upcoming Hot Science – Cool Talks presentation, Your Eye, My Eye, and the Eye of the Aye-Aye, part of the awesome Hot Science – Cool Talks series, presented by the Environmental Science Institute.

Dr. Kirk is an amazing physical anthropologist and an Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. As you’ll see in my video interviews with him, he has incredible energy and knowledge about primate evolution and the evolution of senses. Don’t miss his Hot Science – Cool Talks presentation on Friday, December 2, 7pm at Welch Hall, Room 2.224.  And if you can come early, there be lots of fun pre-lecture activities beginning at 5:30.

Thanks, Dr. Kirk, for the wonderful interview videos! I know everyone will enjoy learning more about primate evolution.

Here are the videos:

#1 A Peek at Dr. Chris Kirk’s Hot Science – Cool Talks Presentation

Find out why depth perception and detailed vision give humans the best eyesight out of any living mammal. (But what about extinct mammals and other living vertebrates?  You’ll find out!) Learn more about Dr. Chris Kirk’s specialty in primate evolution and the evolution of senses.

#2 Visiting Zoo Monkeys: What NOT to Do

Find out the interesting and unusual feature that human eyes have and that anthropoids do not. Oh, and also learn what NOT to do when you visit monkeys at the zoo!

#3 Battle Plan for Vertebrate Eye Evolution

Find out what mammal has the best combination of sensory adaptation and learn about the problem with compound eyes.  Then  discover how what you inherit from your ancestors has a profound affect on what your anatomy can do. Dr. Chris Kirk also describes how his love of anthropology growing up helped him find his niche as a physical anthropologist.

#4 44 million Year Old Invasive Species Revealed

Commander Ben holds a 44 million year old invasive species fossil in his hand. Learn more about the new species of primate, Mescalerolemur horneri, that Dr. Chris Kirk helped discover in West Texas.

Enjoy!

Commander Ben signing off…

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44 million year old invasive species revealed

Commander Ben holds a 44 million year old invasive species fossil in his hand. Learn more about the new species of primate, Mescalerolemur horneri, that Dr. Chris Kirk helped discover in West Texas.

Dr. Kirk is an Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas – Austin. His talk, Your Eye, My Eye, and the Eye of the Aye-Aye, is part of the awesome Hot Science – Cool Talks series, presented by the Environmental Science Institute.  Don’t miss his Hot Science – Cool Talks presentation on Friday, December 2, 7pm at Welch Hall, Room 2.224.  And if you can come early, there be lots of fun pre-lecture activities beginning at 5:30.

This is part four of Commander Ben’s interview with Dr. Kirk.

For more great information from Dr. Kirk, be sure to visit the other videos in this series:

#1 A Peek at Dr. Chris Kirk’s Hot Science – Cool Talks Presentation

Find out why depth perception and detailed vision give humans the best eyesight out of any living mammal. (But what about extinct mammals and other living vertebrates?  You’ll find out!) Learn more about Dr. Chris Kirk’s specialty in primate evolution and the evolution of senses.

#2 Visiting Zoo Monkeys: What NOT to Do

Find out the interesting and unusual feature that human eyes have and that anthropoids do not. Oh, and also learn what NOT to do when you visit monkeys at the zoo!

#3 Battle Plan for Vertebrate Eye Evolution

Find out what mammal has the best combination of sensory adaptation and learn about the problem with compound eyes.  Then discover how what you inherit from your ancestors has a profound affect on what your anatomy can do. Dr. Chris Kirk also describes how his love of anthropology growing up helped him find his niche as a physical anthropologist.

Enjoy!

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Battle Plan for Vertebrate Eye Evolution

Find out which mammal has the best combination of sensory adaptation and learn about the problem with compound eyes.  Then discover how what you inherit from your ancestors has a profound affect on what your anatomy can do.  Dr. Chris Kirk also describes how his love of anthropology growing up helped him find his niche as a physical anthropologist.

Dr. Kirk is an Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas – Austin. His talk, Your Eye, My Eye, and the Eye of the Aye-Aye, is part of the awesome Hot Science – Cool Talks series, presented by the Environmental Science Institute.  Don’t miss his Hot Science – Cool Talks presentation on Friday, December 2, 7pm at Welch Hall, Room 2.224.  And if you can come early, there be lots of fun pre-lecture activities beginning at 5:30.

This is part three of my interview with Dr. Kirk.

For more great information from Dr. Kirk, be sure to visit the other videos in this series:

#1 A Peek at Dr. Chris Kirk’s Hot Science – Cool Talks Presentation

Find out why depth perception and detailed vision give humans the best eyesight out of any living mammal. (But what about extinct mammals and other living vertebrates?  You’ll find out!) Learn more about Dr. Chris Kirk’s specialty in primate evolution and the evolution of senses.

#2 Visiting Zoo Monkeys: What NOT to Do

Find out the interesting and unusual feature that human eyes have and that anthropoids do not. Oh, and also learn what NOT to do when you visit monkeys at the zoo!

#4 44 million Year Old Invasive Species Revealed

Commander Ben holds a 44 million year old invasive species fossil in his hand. Learn more about the new species of primate, Mescalerolemur horneri, that Dr. Chris Kirk helped discover in West Texas.

Enjoy!

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Visiting Zoo Monkeys: What NOT to Do!

Find out the interesting and unusual feature that human eyes have and that anthropoids do not. Oh, and also learn what NOT to do when you visit monkeys at the zoo.

Dr. Kirk is an Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas – Austin. His talk, Your Eye, My Eye, and the Eye of the Aye-Aye, is part of the awesome Hot Science – Cool Talks series, presented by the Environmental Science Institute.  Don’t miss his Hot Science – Cool Talks presentation on Friday, December 2, 7pm at Welch Hall, Room 2.224.  And if you can come early, there be lots of fun pre-lecture activities beginning at 5:30.

This is part two of my interview with Dr. Kirk.

For more great information from Dr. Kirk, be sure to visit the other videos in this series:

#1 A Peek at Dr. Chris Kirk’s Hot Science – Cool Talks Presentation

Find out why depth perception and detailed vision give humans the best eyesight out of any living mammal. (But what about extinct mammals and other living vertebrates?  You’ll find out!) Learn more about Dr. Chris Kirk’s specialty in primate evolution and the evolution of senses.

#3 Battle Plan for Vertebrate Eye Evolution

Find out what mammal has the best combination of sensory adaptation and learn about the problem with compound eyes.  Then  discover how what you inherit from your ancestors has a profound affect on what your anatomy can do. Dr. Chris Kirk also describes how his love of anthropology growing up helped him find his niche as a physical anthropologist.

#4 44 million Year Old Invasive Species Revealed

Commander Ben holds a 44 million year old invasive species fossil in his hand. Learn more about the new species of primate, Mescalerolemur horneri, that Dr. Chris Kirk helped discover in West Texas.

Enjoy!

Commander Ben signing off…

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A Peek at Dr. Chris Kirk’s Hot Science – Cool Talks Presentation

Find out why depth perception and detailed vision give humans the best eyesight out of any living mammal. (But what about extinct mammals and other living vertebrates?  You”ll find out!) Learn more about Dr. Chris Kirk’s specialty in primate evolution and the evolution of senses.

Dr. Kirk is an Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas – Austin. His talk, Your Eye, My Eye, and the Eye of the Aye-Aye, is part of the awesome Hot Science – Cool Talks series, presented by the Environmental Science Institute.  Don’t miss his Hot Science – Cool Talks presentation on Friday, December 2, 7pm at Welch Hall, Room 2.224.  And if you can come early, there be lots of fun pre-lecture activities beginning at 5:30.

This is part one of my interview with Dr. Kirk.

For more great information from Dr. Kirk, be sure to visit the other videos in this series:

#2 Visiting Zoo Monkeys: What NOT to Do

Find out the interesting and unusual feature that human eyes have and that anthropoids do not. Oh, and also learn what NOT to do when you visit monkeys at the zoo!

#3 Battle Plan for Vertebrate Eye Evolution

Find out what mammal has the best combination of sensory adaptation and learn about the problem with compound eyes.  Then  discover how what you inherit from your ancestors has a profound affect on what your anatomy can do. Dr. Chris Kirk also describes how his love of anthropology growing up helped him find his niche as a physical anthropologist.

#4 44 million Year Old Invasive Species Revealed

Commander Ben holds a 44 million year old invasive species fossil in his hand. Learn more about the new species of primate, Mescalerolemur horneri, that Dr. Chris Kirk helped discover in West Texas.

Enjoy!

Commander Ben signing off…

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Pests, Animals, and Pathogens Invade the Texas Invasives Database

Mr. Travis Gallo talks about his work on the iWire Texas invasives newsletter and on the new invasive species databases covering pests, animals, pathogens, and more.  Commander Ben and Mr. Gallo also share a surprising interest in the same invasive plant species.

This video is part of Commander Ben’s “Invasive Species: Secrets Revealed” series of interviews from the 2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference.

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