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Previous Lectures Archive

The lecture notes from previous events are posted in power point or video when available. Lunch time lecture topics include different aspects of Austin’s ecology.  

Date

Title

Presentation

March
2020

Ecological Imperialism and the Geography of Nature

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February 2020

Natural History and the Taxonomy of Nature

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January 2020

Natural Philosophy and the Study of Nature

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December 2019

The Urban Stream: Life on Waller Creek

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November 2019

Another Colorado: Austin and the River

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October 2019

Waters the Land: Rivers and Water in Texas

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September 2019

Rivers of Empire: American Environmental History and Waterways

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August 2019

Strong Brown God: The Poetry of Flowing Water

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June 2019

Riverrun: Language, Art, Waterways

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May 2019

The Round River: Myth, Meaning and Flowing Water

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April 2019

Bottom Land: Life in the Floodplain

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March 2019

Riparian: Life at the Edge

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February 2019

Fluvial Life: the Ecology of Flowing Water

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January 2019

The Georgraphy of Flowing Water: Rivers, Streams, Nature, and Culture

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December 2018

The End of Nature Prospective Ecology Environmental Ethics and the Anthropocene

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November 2018

The Ecological City: Sustainable, Ecology and Urban Metabolism

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October 2018

Farming with Nature: Sustainable Agriculture and the American Family Farm

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September 2018

Saving American Nature: Preservation, Conservation, and the Wild

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August 2018

American Environmental Science: Carson and the Politics of Nature

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July 2018

American Ecology: Stability, Integrity, and Leopold's Legacy

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June 2018

American Biology: Natives, Immigrants, and Humboldt's Children

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May 2018

American Natural Histor: Thoreau and New World Nature

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April 2018

Resilient Nature: Discordant Harmony and New Ecology

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March 2018

Urban Nature: Perspectives on Nature and the City

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February 2018

Pastoral Nature: Agrerianism and Rural America

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January 2018

Wild Nature: The New World and Wilderness

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December 2017

Encounter with Urban Nature: Ecology, the City and the Arts

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November 2017

Design with Nature:
Urban Planning, Management, and the Sustainability Myth

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October 2017

Nature Out of Place:
Invasive Species, Novel Ecosystems, and Urban Ecology

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September 2017

The Aerial City: Urban Birds, Bats, and Denizens of the Sky

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August 2017

The Subterranean City: Soil and The Urban Microcosmos

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July 2017 

The Terrestrial City: Green Space and The Urban Forest

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June 2017

The Aquatic City: The Ecology of Urban Waterways

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May 2017

Nature in the City: Urban Habitats and the Degradation Myth 

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April 2017

Understanding Urban Nature: Ecology, Culture, and the American City

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March 2017

Urban Pastoral: Farms, Gardens, and Parkland in the City

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February 2017

Urban Wild: Wilderness, Wildness, and the American City

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January 2017

Varieties of Possibility: Perspectives on Nature and the City

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December 2016

The End of Nature: Permanence, Change, and the Anthropocene

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November 2016

The Earth Managers: Balance, Resilience, and Environmental Science

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October 2016

The Great Disruptors: Environmentalism and the Idea of American Nature

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September 2016

The Economy of Nature: Ecology, Earth Science, and Biotic Navigation

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August 2016

The Evolution of Nature: Von Humboldt, Darwin, and the Systematic Universe

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July 2016

The Romance of Nature: Science, Imagination, and the Poets of Nature

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June 2016

The Invention of Modern Nature: The Earth as a “Natural Whole”

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May 2016

The Scientist of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt and the Physical Description of the Earth

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April 2016

The Nature Collectors: New Lands, New Nature, and Ecological Imperialism

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March 2016

The Study of Nature: Natural History and the Creation of Nature 

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February 2016

Second Nature: Pastoral Landscapes and the Cultivation of Nature

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January 2016

First Nature: The Pristine Myth and Wilderness

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December 2015

Goodbye to the River: A Summary

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November 2015

Another Colorado: Rivertown Austin

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October 2015

Waters the Land: Texas Rivers

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September 2015

Rivers of Empire: American Rivers

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August 2015

Bottomland: Floodplain Habitats and the River Tisza

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July 2015

Riparia: Life at the River’s Edge

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June 2015

River Life: The Ecology of Flowing Water

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May 2015

River Process: the Fluvial System and Hydrology

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April 2015

The Geography of Rivers: The Nature and Culture of Flowing Water

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March 2015

Riversong: American Rivers and Music

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Febuary 2015

Riverrun: Language, Art, and Rivers

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January 2015

The Round River: Myth, Meaning, and Flowing Water

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November 2014

Design with Nature: Ecological Cities and the Myth of Sustainability

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October 2014

Farming With Nature: The Unsettling of America

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September 2014

Saving American Nature: Preservation vs. Conservation

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August 2014

American Environmental Science, Sustainability, and Human Nature

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July 2014

Ecology, Ecosystem Services, and the Balance of Nature

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June 2014

Biology, Ecological Change, and Native Species

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May 2014

American Natural History and the Theory of Degenerate Nature

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April 2014

Resilient Nature Wasteland

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March 2014

Urban Nature: The American City and Degraded Nature

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February 2014

Pastoral Nature

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January 2014

Wilderness: The Myth of Prisine Nature

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December 2013

Goodbye to the River: A Summary

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November 2013

Another Colorado: Rivertown Austin

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October 2013

Waters the Land: Texas Rivers

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September 2013

Rivers of Empire: American Rivers

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August 14, 2013

Bottomland: Floodplain Habitats

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July 10, 2013

Riparia: Life at the River's Edge

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June 12, 2013

River Life: the Ecology of Flowing Water

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May 8, 2013

River Process: the Fluvial System and River Hydrology

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April 10, 2013

Strong Brown God: the Poetry of Rivers

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March 13, 2013

Riversong: American Rivers and Music

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February 13, 2013

Riverrun: Language, Art, and Rivers

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January 9, 2013

The Round River: Myth, Meaning, and Rivers

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December 4, 2012

Natural and Unnatural History: the Path Forward

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November 6 , 2012

The Natural History of an Urban Wasteland: Hornsby Bend

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October 2, 2012

The Natural History of an Urban Vacant Lot: Tannehill Urban Wild Woodland

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September 4, 2012

Natural History of an Urban Creek: Waller Creek

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August 7, 2012

Urban Natural History: Life in the City

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July 3, 2012

The Natural History of Austin: Biological Context and Urbanization

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June 5, 2012

The Natural History of Texas: Biological Survey and Ecological Change

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May 1, 2012

The History of Americas: Discovery and Transformation

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April 3, 2012

The History of Natural History: Contemporary Natural History

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March 7, 2012

The History of Natural History: 19th and 20th Century Science and Literature

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February 1, 2012

The History of Natural History: Origins and 19th Century Development

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December 7, 2011

Encounters with Nature in the City: Urban Nature and Literature

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November 2, 2011

The Proper Place of Nature: Urban Planning and Urban Ecology

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October 5, 2011

The Weeds and the Wild: Invasive Species and Urban Ecology

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September 7, 2011

Varieties of Possibility: Perspectives on Nature and the City

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August 3, 2011

Austin Waterways: “Life On Waller Creek” with Professor Joseph Jones

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July 6, 2011

Texas Rivers: On the Colorado with Roy Bedichek “Karankaway Country”

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June 1, 2011

Texas Rivers: On the Brazos with John Graves “Goodbye to a River”

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May 4, 2011

The Myth of the River: American Rivers and American Literature

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April 6, 2011

The Nature of the River: The Flora and Fauna of the Colorado River Corridor

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March 2, 2011

Discovering the Colorado: The Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership 2003-2011

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February 2, 2011

Changes in the Land: The Cultural Landscape of the Colorado River Corridor

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January 5, 2011

The Forgotten Habitat: the Biogeography of the Colorado River Bottomlands

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