News Category: biodiversity

In the News: The Problems for Texan Bats

Nov. 22, 2019

Bats are one of Austin’s most iconic nonhuman residents, but their populations have been declining because of natural and man-made threats across Texas and the United States. 

Celebrating Texas Arbor Day by Planting Waller Creek

Nov. 7, 2019

UT Austin's Landscape Services hosted the university's observance of Texas Arbor Day on November 1, with a planting event at the UT Orchard by Waller Creek (west side of 24th Street and San Jacinto). The event was part of ongoing stewardship efforts by UT Landscape Services to transform stretches of Waller Creek that run through campus, improving the safety, sustainability and health of this riparian ecosystem by removing invasive, overcrowded vegetation and replanting with native plant species.

The Ghostly, Creepy Creatures of Halloween

Oct. 31, 2019


The Biodiversity Center has gone batty with a seasonal, fun miniseries penned by Nicole Elmer and colleagues on animals that, well, go bump in the night. 

Discovery Takes Flight in Campus Butterfly and Bee Habitats

Oct. 9, 2019

Texas Connect profiles research by Dr. Lawrence Gilbert and Eli Powell on butterflies and bees.

In the News: Eels Over-fished and Affect Natural Ecosystem

Sept. 26, 2019

Eels--slimy and nocturnal--have smaller populations in Texas rivers than they did in the past.

The Sugarberry at Brackenridge Field Laboratory

Sept. 13, 2019

The sugar hackberry or sugarberry (Celtis laevigata), a very common tree species at Brackenridge Field Lab, has a place in the local ecosystem.

Campus Biodiversity: Gulf Coast Toad

Sept. 1, 2019

While it might be easy to assume we don’t have toads on campus, the Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps) is one species that does live here. Waller Creek is a one place to see them, in addition to planters where they hide, or on sidewalks at twilight to consume the insects that are attracted to streetlights.

Biodiversity at the Turtle Pond

July 4, 2019

With a home in the Turtle Pond, “Red-eared sliders,” or Trachemys scripta elegans, charm all who stop by to watch.

Nature on the Forty Acres

June 27, 2019

Photographer Marsha Miller captures stunning images of the Forty Acres of the countless green spaces providing sanctuary to native and adapted species, from red-eared sliders in the turtle pond and water fowl in Waller Creek, to our resident falcon perched above us all.

Conserving Native Fishes

June 18, 2019

The ecosystems that freshwater fish depend on are begin degraded at a massive scale globally. Dr. Gary Garrett of UT's Ichthyology Collection has found that nearly half of all native Texan fish are threatened.