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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!

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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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Advances in the Fight Against Invasive Species in Texas

Dr. Damon Waitt talks about the great advances in bringing the invasive species community together in Texas, and in the cool nighttime November air, he reveals the invasive plant that bugs him the most—the Bastard Cabbage.  Dr. Waitt is the Senior Director and Botanist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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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Update: See Native Plant Avengers – Ecosystem’s Mightiest Heroes – battle Bastard Cabbage

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Invasive Species Hunter: Secrets Revealed

I want to invite you to join me next week to learn about invasive species and how to make fun science videos at the 2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

Hope to see you there!

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Titanic Struggle with Chinese Privet Ends with their Doom

I had a great time clearing invasives and rescuing native plants with a wonderful group of volunteers this weekend in the Long Canyon section of the Balcones Canyonland Preserve (BCP) in Travis County.

My thanks to Chris Warren, a biologist with the BCP, and for other volunteers for teaching us all about the native plants in our Central Texas area, as well as the nefarious invasives that are crowding them out. Chinese Privet, Ligustrum sinense, was our main villain, and there were many to be seen.

We cleared out a bunch and made room for native plants, including Ashe junipers, which provide essential habitat for the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. We saved many native plants, especially a small, but growing, tree as you saw in the video above.

Credit: Austin Water Wildland invasive removal group photo

Down with invasives!

This is Commander Ben, signing off.

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