News Category: biodiversity-center

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. 

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.

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.