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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
Volunteer
systematics and biogeography of Neotropical bark and ambrosia beetles.
512-232-1896
LAC 1.314
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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
Cameron Devitt, Susan E
Susan E Cameron
Assistant Professor of Practice
Research Educator for Biodiversity Stream, Freshman Research Initiative
512-471-5504
PAT 121C
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CANNATELLA, DAVID
David Cannatella
Professor, Associate Director (Academic)
512-453-1620
PAT 121A
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Casarez, Melissa
Melissa J Casarez
Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate I (4216)
Physical and postal address: University of Texas, Texas Natural History Collections 10100 Burnet Rd., PRC176/R4000 Austin, Texas 78758-4445
512-475-8171
LSF
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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
512-471-4823
LSF
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CUMMINGS, MOLLY E
Molly E Cummings
Professor
Evolution of Conspicuous Signals. Mechanisms of Crypsis. Neural Mechanisms of Mate Choice.
512-232-6243
PAT 502
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GARRETT, GARY P
Gary P Garrett
Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate IV (4208)
Physical and postal address: University of Texas, Texas Natural History Collections 10100 Burnet Rd., PRC176/R4000 Austin, Texas 78758-4445
830-377-5770
LSF 1.332
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GILBERT, LAWRENCE E
512-471-2825
PAT 440
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Hawkes, Christine V
Christine V Hawkes
Adjunct 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
512-471-9774
LSF 1.322
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HILLIS, DAVID M
David M Hillis
Professor
Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professorship in Natural Sciences

Molecular evolution, phylogenetics, and systematics
512-471-5661
PAT 132
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JANSEN, ROBERT
Robert K Jansen
Professor, Director (Academic)
Sidney F. and Doris Blake Centennial Professorship in Systematic Botany and the Blake Collection

Plant molecular evolution, comparative genomics, plant systematics
512-471-8827
BIO 212
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JHA, SHALENE
Shalene Jha
Associate Professor
Jean Andrews Centennial Faculty Fellowship in Tropical and Economic Botany | The William H. and Gladys G. Reeder Fellowship in Ecology

JONES, NATHAN T
Nathan T Jones
Research Associate
512-471-2825
PAT
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JUENGER, THOMAS E
Thomas E Juenger
Professor
C. L. Lundell Chair of Systematic Botany

512-232-5751
PAT
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LaDuc, Travis J
Travis J Laduc
Curator, Herpetology, Assistant Professor of Instruction
512-475-6339
PAT
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LINDER, CRAIG R
Craig R Linder
Associate Professor
512-471-7825
BIO 110A
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Martin, Floyd D.
Floyd D Martin
Collection Associate
Doug is a retired, former Clark Hubbs Ph.D. student with extensive knowledge of fishes of Texas, and now a dedicated and invaluable asset
512-471-9774
LSF
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MAUSETH, JAMES D
James D Mauseth
Professor Emeritus
Moran, Nancy
Nancy A Moran
Professor
Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Chair

Insect and bacterial genomics and evolution, Symbiosis
512-232-5701
NMS 4.232A
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MUELLER, ULRICH G
Ulrich G Mueller
Professor
William Morton Wheeler-Lost Pines Professorship

Ochman, Howard
Howard Ochman
Professor
Joseph J. & Jeanne M. Lagowski Regents Professorship in Molecular Bioscience

512-232-5666
NMS 4.110
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PANERO, JOSE L
Jose L Panero
Associate Professor, Associate Director (Academic)
512-232-1990
BIO
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PHELPS, STEVEN M
512-475-6304
PAT 22
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Plowes, Rob
Robert Plowes
Research Scientist
Host-parasite-microbe interactions, invasive species
512-471-2825
PAT
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REDDELL, JAMES R
James R Reddell
Volunteer - Wild Lab
RYAN, MICHAEL J
Michael J Ryan
Professor
Clark Hubbs Regents Professorship in Zoology

512-554-2433
PAT 107
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Wild, Alexander
Alex Wild
Curator of Entomology, Lecturer
Taxonomy, diversity, and evolution of insects.
512-232-1896
MBB
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Yatskievych, George
George A Yatskievych
Curator, Lecturer
Plant systematics & conservation, collections-based botany
512-471-5904
MAI 127
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