News Category: biodiversity

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.

Celebrating Biodiversity on Campus

April 1, 2019

On April 17th, we will celebrate Biodiversity Day as well as Earth Day. Photographer Kathryn Gatliff recently visited the Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center to learn about research on plant diversity. 

In the News: Who Takes Care of the Wildlife at UT?

March 7, 2019

From The Daily Texan: Carin Peterson, Animal Make Safe training & outreach coordinator in Environmental Health and Safety, responds to about 120 animal calls a year as well as injured or baby animals.

UT Biodiversity: Cedar Waxwings

Feb. 22, 2019

They're here for winter: cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) are strikingly beautiful birds that you might see on campus.

Environmental Learning with Radical Hope

Feb. 13, 2019

Overwhelmed and concerned about the environment, biodiversity loss, climate change and other critical issues? Rethink everything through an online "Radical Hope Syllabus" co-created by UT History Department's Professor Erika Bsumek & a colleague from Queesn' University Belfast:  https://radicalhopesyllabus.com/

Unnatural Texas?

Jan. 30, 2019

 In Unnatural Texas? The Invasive Species Dilemma, Robin W. Doughty and Matt Warnock Turner blend natural and environmental history with geography to explore invasive species in Texas.

Urban Biodiversity: The Western Mosquitofish

Jan. 25, 2019

This blog post from the Biodiversity Center explores one resident of UT Austin's Turtle Pond: the western mosquitofish.

Grackles Here, Grackles There, Grackles Everywhere!

Dec. 11, 2018

This Biodiversity Center blog post tackles grackles, from why they congregate in huge groups in winter to when they began their close association with humans.