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BioBlitz: Come one, come all!

BioBlitz: Come one, come all!

    We are excited to announce that we will be holding a BioBlitz at Brackenridge Field Lab on Saturday April 13th, 2024 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. This event is open to everyone at any experience level! Arrive anytime and stay as long as you’d like. Activities include: Plantae surveys Animalia surveys Fungi surveys Lunchtime...
Hidden Greenhouse Gems

Hidden Greenhouse Gems

On the roof of the Patterson building (PAT) lives one of the world’s most diverse greenhouse collections of mainly neotropical vines from the large genus of Passiflora. Dr. Larry Gilbert, Director of the Brackenridge Field Lab, has been growing them for studies of coevolution, chemical ecology and biodiversity of the insect fauna that relies on the...
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...
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...
The Next Frontier of Science is in your Backyard (with you and your smartphone)

The Next Frontier of Science is in your Backyard (with you and your smartphone)

 Dr. Pauly's talk has been recorded and can be viewed by clicking here   We are pleased to announce that Dr. Greg Pauly is the first spring semester speaker sponsored by the Biodiversity Center, and he will be talking about urban biodiversity. Talk title: The Next Frontier of Science is in your Backyard (with you and your sm...