News Category: college-of-natural-sciences

Sampling a Future in Texas Science

Aug. 12, 2019

In the summer, high school students spend time on campus and in Waller Creek conducting research on water quality, habitat analysis and biodiversity.

In the News: Improving Solar Cells

July 10, 2019

 Researchers in the Department of Chemistry at UT Austin are working on a new coating which could boost the efficiency of silicon-based solar cells by as much as 20%.

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.

The Painter Greenhouse (short doc)

Dec. 14, 2018

This short documentary by Moody college of Communication students dives into the Painter Greenhouse on campus, home to SURGe and UT Aquapoincs.

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.

Waller Creek Finds a Place in the Sun

June 7, 2018

Waller Creek — the corridor that enlivens The University of Texas at Austin just east of the original Forty Acres — is gaining center stage.

A Mile-Long Classroom

May 9, 2018

The Waller Creek corridor, UT Austin's largest laboratory and outdoor classroom, is a place where students learn about measuring water quality, biodiversity, landscape design, and much more.