Science Talk With Nichole Bennett & Stavana Strutz: Climate Research On Butterflies & Disease Distributions

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Science Talk With Nichole Bennett & Stavana Strutz: Climate Research On Butterflies & Disease Distributions
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Why do we study climate change with butterflies? How is climate change affecting infectious disease distribution in Texas? Learn about current research on the biological impacts of climate change with local experts Nichole Bennett and Stavana Strutz. Both speakers are Ph.D. Candidates from the Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior at the University of Texas at Austin.

More about Nichole's talk:
Butterflies are pretty and charismatic, but why would a scientist want to study them? Come learn why UT graduate student Nichole Bennett chases around little orange butterflies to learn more about climate change impacts. She also hosts a weekly radio show They Blinded Me With Science on 91.7 KVRX and www.kvrx.org and helps coordinate Science Under the Stars, a free, outdoor lecture series that helps graduate students communicate their research to the public.

More about Stavana's talk:
Climate change is affecting the ranges of multiple taxa on the planet. Species are moving toward the South and North poles to escape the heat as well as moving up mountains to higher altitudes. What about diseases? Diseases are also likely to change their distributions in response to climate change. Stavana Strutz will discuss what we know so far about the response of diseases to climate change with a focus on diseases here in Texas with a focus on the northeastern expansion of leishmaniasis.
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