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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...
Mongbay founder Rhett Butler to visit UT

Mongbay founder Rhett Butler to visit UT

  Rhett Butler, founder of environmental journalism website Mongabay, is coming to UT Austin! Rhett will hold three public events on campus. On Tuesday, September 12th at 11:00 am in NHB 1.720, Rhett will give a talk on "Science communication lessons from 20+ years of running Mongabay." Then, on Wednesday night, September 1...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Erik Iverson

Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Erik Iverson

 Erik and a painted bunting (Passerina ciris.) Erik Iverson is one of our 2022 Stengl-Wyer Fellows. Erik studies the influence of mitochondrial genetics and physiology on many aspects of biodiversity and conservation. His research interests and studies have taken him to very diverse places across the globe. In this blog, he talks about his ...
Biotechnologies for Conservation & Their Intended Consequences

Biotechnologies for Conservation & Their Intended Consequences

The Stengl-Wyer Endowment is proud to share this public seminar with Ben Novak, Lead Scientist of Revive & Restore, hosted by Stengl-Wyer Fellow Erik Iverson.   Friday, December 9th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, UT Campus, NHB 1.720   Revive & Restore is a nonprofit conservation organization leading the effort to responsibly integrate bio...
"I Like Big BATS and I Cannot Lie!"

"I Like Big BATS and I Cannot Lie!"

This month's Science Under the Stars event is "I Like Big BATS and I Cannot Lie!," presented by Brandi Christiano. Have you ever seen a bat flying around? Probably (especially in Austin)! With more than 1,400 species worldwide, bats live in almost every environment. As the only flying mammal, they can be found in caves, trees, and under bridges. So...
Careers in Conservation with Dr. Nikhil Advani

Careers in Conservation with Dr. Nikhil Advani

  Join us for a talk exploring careers in conservation. Graduate and Undergraduate students are both welcome. We will hear from UT alum (BS 2004, PhD 2012) Dr. Nikhil Advani, who is currently the Director for Climate, Communities and Wildlife at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington DC. Dr. Advani will talk about how his time at UT prepared ...
A Chat with Botanist Domingos Cardoso

A Chat with Botanist Domingos Cardoso

Domingos holding an inflorescence of Parkia discolor, a legume species ecologically dominant in Amazonian periodically-flooded forests locally known as "igapós" Domingos Cardoso is an esteemed Brazilian botanist very active in biodiversity and conservation in Brazil. His main research interests are how evolutionary processes have shape...
Pets as Invasive Species, an Introduction

Pets as Invasive Species, an Introduction

Lucy (back) and Olive (front), two out of three of the author's feline invasive species. Humans have pets for lots of reasons. Companionship, protection, admiration of the animal’s beauty, an excuse to get outside for a walk. As much as we don’t want to hear it, our beloved Fido or Snowball, when mismanaged, can become invasive and threaten biod...
Saving the Guadalupe fescue

Saving the Guadalupe fescue

 Guadalupe fescue. (Photo: Carolyn Whiting) West Texas is known for arid landscapes reminiscent of old Western movies rather than cool damp mountains 6000 feet in altitude. But this is what areas of the Chisos Mountains are like, and where UT researchers have been surveying a rare grass, the Guadalupe fescue (Festuca ligulata). While once s...