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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...

Insectum: A Sonic Exploration of the World of Arthropods

insectum    The sounds and rhythms of the natural world are often a great inspiration for the world’s composers, and no less so for UT researchers and local musicians. Over the last few years, Alex Wild (Curator, Entomology Collection) and Jo Holley (Associate Professor of Practice) have been participating in a fabulous sonic experiment with a...
The UT Spring 2024 Bee Competition

The UT Spring 2024 Bee Competition

Bring us the first Travis County mason bee of 2024, you’ll win a copy of the poster “Backyard Bees of North America”! Rationale: One measure of our changing climate is the shifting dates of emergence of our earliest spring flowers and insects. As Texas warms, some of our local bees may start coming out earlier in the year, and the Biodiversity Cent...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Jeffrey Coleman

Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Jeffrey Coleman

Jeffrey Coleman is one of our 2023 Stengl-Wyer Fellows. He is a PhD candidate who works with advisor Dr. David Cannatella to investigate poison frogs of the Neotropics, which sequester skin toxins from an arthropod diet. Jeffrey talks here about how his interest in tropical ecosystems started and where his research is headed as ...
Bull Shark in the Ichthyology Collection

Bull Shark in the Ichthyology Collection

By Adam Cohen (Collections Manager, Ichthyology Collection) and Nicole Elmer The fish collection recently received a juvenile Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) found dead on the beach at Indian Point (Corpus Christi Bay), near Corpus Christi, Texas, by one of our frequent specimen donors (posted on iNaturalist). It likely was caught by an angler and...
History of UT Botany, Part 4: Billie L. Turner

History of UT Botany, Part 4: Billie L. Turner

This is part four of a History of UT Botany series. This piece ran originally for the Department of Integrative Biology History Project on April 12, 2021. Posing in 1970 with Perityle turneri (Asteraceae), one of many species named in Turner's honor. (Photo: Mike Powell) I first met Billie Turner in early 2016. That was when I’d started w...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Korin Rex Jones

Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Korin Rex Jones

Korin Rex Jones is one of our 2023 Stengl-Wyer Scholars. Korin is a microbial community ecology researcher fascinated by the role the microbiome can play in health and development across a wide variety of host organisms. He works in the labs of Dr. Nancy Moran and Dr. Jeff Barrick. As part of the Stengl Wyer Endowment, the Stengl Wyer Postdoct...
Beneath the Waves

Beneath the Waves

This month's Science Under the Stars event is "Beneath the Waves: Exploring coral reefs' vital ecological role and community-led conservation." Thursday, December 14th, 7 pm Brackenridge Field Lab, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703   This talk features Dominique Gallery, a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Misha Matz. Her presentation wil...
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...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Xinyi Yan

Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Xinyi Yan

Tell us where you came from before UT, and what you studied then? I was born and raised in the Yangtze Delta region in China, where the lush nature started my interests in botany. In my undergrad, I studied Biology and Applied Math at UCLA, and did research with Gaurav Kandlikar in Nathan Kraft’s lab group. I integrated my training in math and ecol...
Meet Krushnamegh Kunte

Meet Krushnamegh Kunte

Field work in the Andaman Islands Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte is Principal Investigator and Faculty Coordinator of the Biodiversity Research Collections in Bengaluru, India, where he is also Curator of Lepidoptera, Cicadas, and Odonata. He is also Associate Professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences. Kunte received his PhD here from UT i...
New graduate student funds in biodiversity research

New graduate student funds in biodiversity research

We are pleased to announce funding, supported by a generous gift from the Winkler Family Foundation to the Biodiversity Center, to support graduate student research in Biodiversity. The fund for UT graduate students will provide support for unanticipated research supplies and laboratory charges to help graduate students complete Dissertation Resear...
A student experience of the InSTInCT program

A student experience of the InSTInCT program

Quang and a preserved frog at the Herpetology Collection. My name is Quang Pham. I originally come from Vietnam but I am currently a senior at Soka University of America. This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the Inclusive Student Training in Collections and field-based Topics (InSTInCT) REU Program at the University of Texas at A...
Talk with Krushnamegh Kunte on mimicry in swallowtail butterflies

Talk with Krushnamegh Kunte on mimicry in swallowtail butterflies

  We are pleased to have Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte from the National Centre for Biological Sciences in India to give a talk at UT!   Title: Templates, Evolutionary Pathways and Biodiversity Revolutions: Tales of Mimicry in Swallowtails  Date and time: 10 am, Friday, November 10th, 2023 Location: NHB 1.720   About the talk: The ea...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Kristina Black

Meet Stengl-Wyer Fellow: Kristina Black

Diving on a healthy reef at Orpheus Island Research Station in Australia, 2019 (photo: Misha Matz) Kristina Black is one of our 2023 Stengl-Wyer Fellows. She is a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Misha Matz. Kristina talks here about her broad undergraduate research leading to her passion of researching genetic adaptation for coral restorati...
Animal Weapons

Animal Weapons

October's Science Under the Stars event features 2021 Stengl-Wyer Scholar Ummat Somjee in a talk titled: Animal Weapons: The evolution of horns, tusks, antlers and other signals   Thursday, October 12th, 7 pm Brackenridge Field Lab, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703   Ummat studies the evolution of exaggerated sexually selected trai...
Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Ed Basham

Meet Stengl-Wyer Scholar: Ed Basham

Ed fundraising for a Gabon expedition in 2022. Ed Basham is one of our 2023 Stengl-Wyer Scholars. He is an amphibian ecologist, researching the threats of climate change and chytrid fungus disease to rainforest frogs occupying different forest strata. As part of the Stengl Wyer Endowment, the Stengl Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars Program provid...
The Year After

The Year After

 Mosses appear post fire. A year ago, I was sitting in the bus on my way home, cursing the heat, staring out the window at the suffering plants when my phone started to buzz and buzz. Turns out, it wasn’t some bot spammer calling me from Valentine, Nebraska. I was getting news about a fire at one of our field stations: Stengl Lost Pines Bio...
Applications open for 2023-2024 Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowships

Applications open for 2023-2024 Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowships

The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2024 Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowships competition! ABOUT THE AWARD The Stengl-Wyer Graduate Fellowships fund doctoral candidates pursuing dissertation research on the diversity of life and organisms in their natural environments, acr...
Science Under the Stars: the natural history of central Texas

Science Under the Stars: the natural history of central Texas

  Join us for our first Science Under the Stars talk of Fall 2023 featuring Callen Inman, a PhD candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology. He’ll delve into the captivating natural history of central Texas and unveil why it’s an exceptional hotspot for biodiversity.  About the talk: Central Texas lacks the dense rainforest, ver...