News Category: college-of-natural-sciences

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.

How Tower Girl Got Her Own Reality Show

April 23, 2018

UT Austin has a new star, thanks to the new camera trained on the nestbox of peregrine falcon Tower Girl. Learn how faculty and staff worked together to make this a reality, including David Hillis, Carin Peterson and Terry Joy.

In the News: A Buzz on Bees

April 18, 2018

 A lot is happening at UT Austin with both honey and wild bees. Graduate student Kim Ballare, says that Austin is a particularly good urban area for bees, as much local landscaping incorporates native wildflowers and other flowering plants which bees can eat. “Even in downtown Austin, as long as an area had enough habitat for these native species, the number of bees and number of species that were there, were similar to a more rural area or state park.”