Local ecologist Robinson Sudan (MA) runs a grassroots ecological consulting company that operates in the Austin area to restore as much disturbed ecosystems back to native habitats as possible. Lockhart, TX November 7, 2016.
Controlled burns are necessary to reduce the number of unwanted plant species so native prairie species can grow once again. Lockhart, TX November 7, 2016.
Robinson uses a propane torch to burn weeds and unwanted species at a prairie restoration site. Lockhart, TX November 7, 2016.
This property in Lockhart, TX has been grazed by cattle for 200 years and is now infested with ragweed and plants that did not occur here before grazing. November 7, 2016.
Panamanian conservationist Angie Estrada and her assistant John Morgan search for the nearly extinct Rana Dorada de Panama (Golden Frog of Panama) in Cocle del Norte, swabbing every frog and toad they find for evidence of Chytrid fungus. Panama, July 22, 2015
Angie displays a Dendrobates "poison dart" frog that she has caught during her sampling efforts. Cocle del Norte, Panama, July 22, 2016.
Angie examines a frog she has caught. She ways the frogs, measures their temperature, then collects a skin swab to test if it is infected by Chytrid fungus. Cocle del Norte, Panama, July 22, 2015.
This forest guide and local farmer has been helping biologists search for La Rana Dorada on his property for several years. His identity and location must remain anonymous due to poachers coming to his property to find golden frogs. Cocle del Norte, Panama, July 22, 2016.
Participants of the UT Scientist in Residence program Catrina Chitjian and Megan Davis-FIelds examine a geological map of Texas outside Inner Space Caverns. Scientist in Residence is a program initiated by UT's Environmental Science Institute to put UT graduate students in public school classrooms to share their research and help incorporate cutting edge science into classroom curricula. Georgetown, TX November 19, 2016.
Geology professor Dr. Jay Banner explains rock formations to a group of SciRes fellows at the entrance of Inner Space Caverns. Georgetown, TX November 19, 2016.
Geology student Natasha Sekhon describes her research in the "twilight zone" of caves. Georgetown, TX November 19, 2016.
Catrina Chitjian collects cave drip water to measure its ion concentration. Georgetown, TX November 19, 2016.
Austin nature lovers meet for the monthly presentation of Science Under the Stars, where UT graduate students describe their work and show why the Breckenridge Field Laboratory is important to local ecological research. September 8, 2016.
An insect enthusiast takes the opportunity to collect bugs during Science Under the Stars at Breckenridge Field Laboratory. September 8, 2016.
Science Under the Stars is an all ages event aimed at engaging the public with research that is happening at UT Austin. Austin, TX September 8, 2016.
A UT graduate student explains an educational activity to Science Under the Stars attendees. Austin, TX September 8, 2016.