The Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Graduate Program has numerous laboratories and outdoor biology stations required for research programs. In addition, the University has several centers that provide research support for our programs.

The Biodiversity Center is home to one of the largest and most diverse systematics collections in the country with over 9 million specimens, as well as 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:

  • The Brackenridge Field Laboratory is a unique urban research station located on 88 acres of land that borders the Colorado River along Lake Austin Boulevard. From the early days of the University of Texas, biologists have used this tract of land for research, teaching, and specimen collection, and since the establishment of the Field Laboratory in 1967, BFL has continued to evolve as a center for biodiversity research in Texas.
  • The Stengl Biology Station (Lost Pines), is a 200-acre outdoor facility located 45 minutes southeast of campus. The area combines the characteristics of the typical grasslands and woodlands of central Texas, the oak-dominated temperate deciduous regions of eastern Texas, and also relict elements of the pine forest which dominated the area 5,000 years ago. The "Lost Pines" area contains Loblolly Pine and bog-associated flowering plants, ferns and bryophytes. This rich combination of Texas vegetation typical of old moister habitats with xeric elements which have since come in from the south provides an outstanding natural laboratory for studies in ecology and evolutionary biology. 
  • The Biodiversity Collections including collections of specimens of reptiles, amphibians, insects, cave arthropods, genetic resources and the renowned Plant Resources Center, houses over one million preserved specimens maintained in two herbaria: the C.L. Lundell collection, mostly of tropical plants, and the Texas collection. UT Austin has the largest herbarium in the southwestern United States, which is ranked among the top 5 university herbaria in the country. 

U.T. Marine Science Institute has laboratories and boat facilities on the Gulf of Mexico at Port Aransas, about 200 miles from Austin. This provides access to a wide variety of beach, bay, Gulf shelf, and open Gulf environments. Buildings include a laboratory and classroom building, a pier laboratory over the Aransas Pass, dormitories and mess hall, and a library/auditorium building. Special facilities include a 105-foot research vessel (the Longhorn), a 57-foot trawler (the Katy), and outboard launches and skiffs. There are invertebrate, vertebrate, and algal reference collections and a library that contains some 8,000 books and 37,000 bound journal volumes in marine science and related fields. UTMSI also is home to The Animal Resources Center, a 14,000 sq. ft. facility devoted to housing a variety of animals used in research programs. In addition to the caging areas, there are surgical suites and laboratories. The resident populations include rodents, rabbits, dogs, cats, chickens, and quail. 

The Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology provides symposia and research support for multiple graduate programs in the life sciences as the home and support base for the UT Graduate Programs in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology and Microbiology.

The Center for Biomedical Research Support houses a number of core facilities based in the College of Natural Sciences, including: 

  • The Proteomics Facility, which assists with research into the detection, characterization, and quantification of biomolecules, and which provides a variety of proteomics analyses, as well as related protein support services;
  • The DNA Sequencing Facility, which supports research on nucleic acids with automated sequencing, oligonucleotide synthesis, and imaging capabilities, and
  • the Biomedical Research Computing Facility, which provides research opportunities and support in the use of computational approaches to solving biological problems.

The Culture Collection of Algae (UTEX) includes approximately 3,000 strains of freshwater and marine algae for unrestricted distribution to interested investigators.

The Environmental Science Institute, located on the main campus, is a multi-disciplinary institute for basic scientific research in environmental studies. Areas of research include: remote sensing, climate change, watersheds, borderlands, urbanization, and microbial ecology.

The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics provides research support and opportunities for researchers interested in the use of computational approaches in solving biological problems. Areas of research include: nucleic acid structure and function, molecular evolution, computational phylogenetics, proteomics, drug design, regulatory and developmental pathway inference.

Libraries

The General Libraries, with over 6.6 million volumes, constitute the fifth largest academic library in the U.S. Primary literature is available in hard-copy at the libraries, as well as e-journals via the web.

The Life Science Library contains 125,000 volumes and over 1800 journal subscriptions.

The Mallett Chemistry Library has over 50,000 volumes and over 400 journal subscriptions. Both libraries are equipped for computer searching of national databases.

Brackenridge Field Laboratory

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Facilities overview proteomics

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