News Category: biodiversity-center

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.

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.

What's in a Name? Texas Flowers

May 30, 2019

Dr. David Hillis, Director of UT Austin's Biodiversity Center, writes about the often fascinating, and sometimes humorous, stories behind the scientific names of Texan flowers. 

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.

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.

Everything about Fox Squirrels

Sept. 28, 2018

Learn all about the fox squirrel (Sciurus niger), a species that has made quite a comfortable existence for itself on the UT Austin campus.

The American Eel

Aug. 4, 2018

The Biodiversity Center’s Ichthyology Collection is working with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to document and study American Eels in Texas with the primary aim being to understand more about how Texas’ eels may differ from those in other parts of their range and ultimately how the species as a whole can be conserved.

A Vocal Part of Campus: Blue Jays

July 23, 2018

Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) on campus are hard to miss. With their striking colors and shrill calls, in addition to their assertive behavior, they are one of the more attention-getting birds at UT.

How Birds like Tower Girl Keep Cool in the Hot Summers

June 5, 2018

Birds naturally have high body temperatures and their feathers are remarkable insulators. So, dissipating heat is important for a bird’s health.