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Nicole handles the communications for the Biodiversity Center.
Commemorating Black Agency at UT

Commemorating Black Agency at UT

Friday, September 15 from 2:30 to 4pm is a gathering event at the Gearing Hall Patio to celebrate the "Breaking Barriers: Black Agency at UT Austin" site activation for the Sweatt v. Painter Commemorative Project. The site activation is a temporary art installation that will take place on the north lawns of T.S. Painter Hall along 24...
Announcing the 2023 Stengl-Wyer Scholars, Fellows and Grant Awardees

Announcing the 2023 Stengl-Wyer Scholars, Fellows and Grant Awardees

Funded by the Stengl-Wyer Endowment, the Stengl-Wyer Scholars Program provides up to three years of independent support for talented postdoctoral researchers in the broad area of the diversity of life and/or organisms in their natural environments. The endowment also supports the Stengl-Wyer Fellowship Program, year-long fellowships for doctoral ca...
Learning about Central Texas Salamanders through eDNA

Learning about Central Texas Salamanders through eDNA

The word enigmatic may evoke images of mysterious individuals, things that lurk in the shadows, but not usually salamanders. However, if you ask members in the lab of David Hillis to describe the Eurycea salamanders of Central Texas, enigmatic is certainly appropriate.  These creatures are native to aqueous regions of the Edwards-Trinity aquif...
History of UT Botany, Part 3: Curator Mary Sophie Young

History of UT Botany, Part 3: Curator Mary Sophie Young

This piece was originally published in January 2017 in the Dept. of Integrative Biology History Project. The third blog in our UT botany history series focuses on Marie Sophie Young. In 1912, Young became the first official curator of the relatively new herbarium at UT, when the university was only 29 years old. She was an early Texas STEM educator...
Applications open for 2023-2024 Stengl-Wyer Scholars Program

Applications open for 2023-2024 Stengl-Wyer Scholars Program

The College of Natural Sciences is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Stengl-Wyer Scholars Competition! Recent PhDs are invited to apply for distinguished postdoctoral positions to study the diversity of life and/or organisms in their natural environments at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), ...
Faculty position open in Plant Biodiversity & Evolution

Faculty position open in Plant Biodiversity & Evolution

  The Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin seeks to fill a faculty position in the area of Plant Biodiversity and Evolution at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. Candidates' research accomplishments and aims should show evidence of originality and innovation in addressing significant questions i...

Students Excel in Stengl-Wyer REU InSTInCT Program

threestudents L-R: Autumn Magnuson, Alexander Avalos, Emma Rust The Stengl-Wyer Endowment is the largest endowment in the history of the College of Natural Sciences. It supports UT Austin’s programming in ecology and biological research, with a focus on the study of the diversity of life and interactions between living things and their natural environme...
History of UT Botany, Part 2: the Herbaria

History of UT Botany, Part 2: the Herbaria

This is an updated post that originally ran on March 13, 2017 in the Integrative Biology History Project    Lundell Herbarium 1964 specimen of Hibiscus lasiocarpus Cav. Few landmarks on the UT campus are as iconic as the Tower, visible to thousands daily as part of the Austin skyscape. Yet, not many people realize that eight diffe...
Boozing for the Bees (and Other Creatures)

Boozing for the Bees (and Other Creatures)

 Two gins from WildGins. While downing a few cocktails might not be so great for the liver, it can be good for biodiversity. Yes. You read that right. When you enjoy the spirits from these two Texas distillers and this conservation group, you are also supporting biological diversity and nature conservation close to home.  WILDGINS &nbs...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Christopher Hemingson

Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Christopher Hemingson

Chris lays a transect tape along the reef crest. This is one of the most common techniques used to quantify the cover of various substrates (e.g. corals, sand, rubble, etc.). Photo credit: Victor Huertas Christopher Hemingson is one of our 2022 Stengl-Wyer Scholars who is working with Dr. Simon J. Brandl at the Marine Science Institute. As part ...
Pets as Invasive Species: Dogs

Pets as Invasive Species: Dogs

 Woof. (Photo: Andrea Stacks) Last in our series on pets as invasive species looks at “Man’s Best Friend.” Are pooches so perfect? First, let’s define what an invasive species is. We’ve got a great blog on it here, but to summarize: the National Invasive Species Information Center defines an invasive species as non-native to the ecosystem i...
Extra, extra, read all about it! Invasive Guinea grass research at BFL in the news

Extra, extra, read all about it! Invasive Guinea grass research at BFL in the news

Invasive Guinea grass in South Texas forms dense stands that pose an intense fire hazard when dry. Dr. Aaron Rhodes conducts research into these impacts. When we think of an invasive species, we typically imagine the one we know best here in Texas: the Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta). Swarming, stinging, disrupting everything in its p...
Brackenridge Field Lab awarded Green Fund for community-based restoration of Schulle Creek

Brackenridge Field Lab awarded Green Fund for community-based restoration of Schulle Creek

Permanent water in Schulle Creek at BFL (Photo: Larry Gilbert) The Schulle Creek Restoration Program at the Brackenridge Field Lab (BFL) has been funded by a Green Fund award from the Office of Sustainability at UT Austin. The funds will support an ambitious multi-year project to restore native biodiversity of the Schulle Creek area which has be...
Science Under the Stars: Mysteries from the Neotropics

Science Under the Stars: Mysteries from the Neotropics

The last Science Under the Stars talk of the season is Thursday, May 11th! This free event will be held outdoors at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory. Talk title: Mysteries from the Neotropics: Trees, lianas, and others About the talk: the Neotropics are covered in mysteries that fascinate us. Are trees and l...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Chatura Vaidya

Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Chatura Vaidya

Chatura Vaidya is one of our 2022 Stengl-Wyer Scholars who is working with Dr. Shalene Jha and Dr. Amelia Wolf. As part of the Stengl-Wyer Endowment, the Stengl-Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars Program provides up to three years of independent support for talented postdoctoral researchers in the broad area of the diversity of life and/or organisms i...
Restoring the Vanessa Butterfly Garden

Restoring the Vanessa Butterfly Garden

CAMN member digging through rock soil to plant three red yuccas (Hesperaloe parviflora), a favorite for hummingbirds and night-pollinating moths. Not so long ago, there was a butterfly garden at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, one of the field stations in UT’s growing field station network. This garden was initially created in 2012 with fundi...
Science Under the Stars: How Animals Adapt to Climate Change

Science Under the Stars: How Animals Adapt to Climate Change

We would like to invite you to attend our next Science Under the Stars talk of the season Thursday, April 13th! This will be an in-person event held outdoors at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory. Talk Title:  How animals adapt to climate change, and how kids can help them About the talk: As our plan...
Armadillos to Ziziphus: David Hillis Talks About His New Book

Armadillos to Ziziphus: David Hillis Talks About His New Book

 Courtesy University of Texas Press 2023 With a state as big as Texas is, there is an extremely diverse ecology. From high altitude desert mountains in the west, to our vast coastline, to low-lying swamps in the east. Since most of the residents of the Lone Star State live in urban centers, sometimes it’s difficult to learn about the plants...
Postdoc job opening at Stengl Lost Pines

Postdoc job opening at Stengl Lost Pines

We have just posted an opening for a Postdoc to lead the post-fire research recovery effort at one of our field stations, Stengl Lost Pines. The postdoc will oversee a small crew with to update previous studies that were disrupted or damaged by a large fire that occurred last summer. The studies include surveys of the forest tree and understory com...
"Save the Insects, Save the Planet" with Dr. May Berenbaum

"Save the Insects, Save the Planet" with Dr. May Berenbaum

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.   Please stay tuned for a possible reschedule in the near future. Email nicole.elmer[at]austin.utexas.edu if you have any questions   About the talk:  With more than a million described species, the Class Insecta is the most species-rich group of multicellular organisms on Earth; insects can be found in...