Mission and Purpose

Few universities anywhere offer the range and depth that UT Austin does for biodiversity research, education, and public engagement.

Here leading scientists make discoveries across the wide spectrum of life, from miniscule organisms to complex ecosystems.

Here biological study involves a variety of world-class resources for researchers' use—collections with millions of specimens, dedicated research labs, and biological field stations like the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 

Here our commitment to applying scientific research for the betterment of society means engagement with the public, working with communities to advance understanding about natural resources, care for the land and local water supplies, and preservation of Texas biodiversity.

Researchers here have the opportunity to be a part of groundbreaking scientific discoveries that transform our world and top-tier educational programs that develop scientific leaders. Our affiliated graduate programs are ranked among the top programs in the nation.

Non-scientists also will find much here of value—about plants, wildlife, water, soil, and land in Texas, the region, and beyond. We invite you to explore our Collections and various online resources, or visit one of our outreach activities, such as Science Under the Stars. Landowners and citizens are key partners in our process of discovery and necessary to advance the impact of the research we do. We value these partnerships and are committed to working with our fellow Texans to preserve and restore the state's resources.