Drink a beer or two while you view some stunning photography and learn about the future of the planet 6 p.m. Thursday at Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Ave. 

Ty Taylor and Marielle Smith spend up to five months at a time in the Amazon Basin, using a variety of instruments to take the pulse and gauge the health of tropical forests that face uncertain futures in a warming world.

They will talk about their work, what they've learned and what its like to put up with "millions of chiggers," armies of stinging ants and other pests in the name of science.

Back in Tucson, they combine their Amazon work with experiments conducted in the tropical rain forest at Biosphere 2 in Oracle.

The two are Carson Scholars at the UA Institute of the Environment, a program named after founding environmentalist Rachel Carson and created to foster communication of environmental science to the public.

Hence the setting for their talk — at a pub.