Biodiversity Center website

Home to one of the largest and most diverse systematics collections in the country with over 9 million specimens and to world-class field stations, the Biodiversity Center provides scientists with opportunities to interact with and learn from millions of preserved specimens, living organisms and ecosystems. Within the Center, you’ll find:

  • an herbarium with more than a million specimens of plants—the largest collection of its kind in the southwestern United States and the fifth-largest nationally at a university. A set
  • biodiversity collections featuring large and diverse groups of organisms from Texas and around the world, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects, a variety of arthropods and other invertebrates with many specimens dating back to the 1930s
  • the Genetic Resources Collection, which houses samples and extracted DNA from specimens in the collections
  • the Brackenridge Field Laboratory comprised of areas of rich natural vegetation which include a native bluestem prairie, old pasture land, former quarry, Firefly Meadow, Pecan Bottoms, Colorado River and juniper woodlands; and
  • the Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station has pine oak woodlands and savanna and is located just outside of Austin in a classic rural field station setting.
Atkinson, Thomas
Thomas H Atkinson
Other University Affiliate

systematics and biogeography of Neotropical bark and ambrosia beetles.
Baker, Brett
Brett J Baker
Assistant Professor

Behr, Whitney
Whitney L Behr
Teaching Assistant IB

PhD student in Norma Fowler's lab interested in plant community dynamics and fire
CANNATELLA, DAVID
David Cannatella
Professor, Associate Director

Casarez, Melissa
Melissa J Casarez
Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate I

Physical and postal address: University of Texas, Texas Natural History Collections 10100 Burnet Rd., PRC176/R4000 Austin, Texas 78758-4445
COHEN, ADAM
Adam E Cohen
Collection Manager

Physical and postal address: University of Texas, Texas Natural History Collections 10100 Burnet Rd., PRC176/R4000 Austin, Texas 78758-4445
CUMMINGS, MOLLY E
Molly E Cummings
Professor

Evolution of Conspicuous Signals. Mechanisms of Crypsis. Neural Mechanisms of Mate Choice.
GARRETT, GARY P
Gary P Garrett
Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate IV

Physical and postal address: University of Texas, Texas Natural History Collections 10100 Burnet Rd., PRC176/R4000 Austin, Texas 78758-4445
GILBERT, LAWRENCE E
HAWKES, CHRISTINE V
Christine V Hawkes
Associate Professor

Plant-microbe interactions, community ecology, ecosystem ecology
Hendrickson, Dean
Dean Hendrickson
Curator, Ichthyology

Physical and postal address: University of Texas, Texas Natural History Collections 10100 Burnet Rd., PRC176/R4000 Austin, Texas 78758-4445
HILLIS, DAVID M
David Hillis
Professor

Molecular evolution, phylogenetics, and systematics
JANSEN, ROBERT
Bob Jansen
Director, Professor

Plant molecular evolution, comparative genomics, plant systematics
JHA, SHALENE
Shalene Jha
Associate Professor

JONES, NATHAN T
Nathan T Jones
Research Associate

JUENGER, THOMAS E
KEITT, TIMOTHY H
Timothy H Keitt
Professor

Theoretical and computational ecology, landscapes and conservation
LADUC, TRAVIS J
Travis J Laduc
Curator, Herpetology

LEIBOLD, MATHEW A
LINDER, CRAIG R
Craig R Linder
Associate Professor

Martin, Floyd D.
Floyd D Martin
Other University Affiliate, Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate I

Doug is a retired, former Clark Hubbs Ph.D. student with extensive knowledge of fishes of Texas, and now a dedicated and invaluable asset
MAUSETH, JAMES D
Moran, Nancy
Nancy A Moran
Professor

Insect and bacterial genomics and evolution, Symbiosis
MUELLER, ULRICH G
Ochman, Howard
Howard Ochman
Professor

PANERO, JOSE L
Jose L Panero
Associate Professor, Associate Director

PHELPS, STEVEN M
Steven M Phelps
Associate Professor

Plowes, Rob
Robert M Plowes
Research Scientist

Host-parasite-microbe interactions, invasive species
REDDELL, JAMES R
James R Reddell
Other University Affiliate

RYAN, MICHAEL J
Wild, Alexander
Alex Wild
Curator of Entomology, Lecturer

Taxonomy, diversity, and evolution of insects.
Woodruff, Lindsay
Lindsay P Woodruff
Research Affiliate - Sr Research Fellow

Yatskievych, George
George A Yatskievych
Curator, Lecturer

Plant systematics & conservation, collections-based botany