Dear Hot Science-Cool Talks Fans

Animals often display fascinating colors to help show or hide themselves. Dr. Molly Cummings will examine the visual mechanisms animals use to avoid being eaten or to advertise for mates. She will provide vivid examples from creatures in our oceans and jungles, discuss evolutionary forces, sexual selection, and natural selection in a variety of creatures, including poison frogs and fishes. Dr. Molly Cummings is a professor of Integrative Biology at UT-Austin. Her research examines how communication traits evolve in animals, using fieldwork and behavioral experiments to discover what drives such communication.


On Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:00 PM Central, Dr. Cummings will present on this and more in the Hot Science – Cool Talk entitled “Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Colorful Strategies for Surviving in Nature.” There will be a surprise visual element in the middle of the lecture. Live animals will be present during the pre-lecture fair. A few door prizes will be awarded to lucky attendees. Animal costumes will be roundly applauded.

NOTE: All Fall 2013 lectures take place on the UT-Austin campus in the Welch Hall (WEL) Auditorium and will begin at 7:00 p.m. The pre-lecture science and community fair will begin at 5:45 p.m. Discounted parking is now $3, available at the San Jacinto Garage.

Can’t join us in person?  Tune into our live webcast and ask Dr. Cummings questions in real-time! For more information on upcoming or past talks, visit

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Hot Science-Cool Talks Outreach Series. We look forward to seeing you on November 22nd!

Environmental Science Institute
The University of Texas at Austin


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