Visitor & User Guidelines

Director

Dr. Lawrence Gilbert

Dr. Lawrence E. Gilbert

lgilbert@austin.utexas.edu

512-471-2825 (BFL)
512-471-4705 (PAT)
 

Site contact

Dr. Rob Plowes

rob.plowes@austin.utexas.edu

512-471-2825

 

 

 

John Crutchfield retired as Resident Manager in 2012 after 45 years at BFL.

Contact him at jcrutch@utexas.edu

 

 

 

 

 Brackenridge Field Laboratory
The University of Texas at Austin
2907 Lake Austin Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78703

University of Texas Mailcode: L7000
Building code for BFL is F20

A valid UT Parking Permit is needed

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Directions to Brackenridge Field Laboratory:

(Driving time from UT Austin main campus: 15 minutes)
BFL is located on the north bank of the Colorado River (Lady Bird Lake) near downtown Austin at 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.

(BFL is serviced directly on weekdays by the LA UT shuttle bus that departs from Jester Dormitory at 21st and Speedway.)

From UT Austin campus:
Drive west on 24th St. (24th Street becomes Windsor Road after it crosses Lamar) Turn left on Exposition and proceed for about a mile. Turn right on Lake Austin Blvd. Drive 100 yards and turn left into the BFL parking lot.

From South Austin (Via Mo-Pac):
Drive north on Mo- Pac. Take the 5th St. / Lake Austin Blvd. / 1st St. exit. Take the W 5th Street / Lake Austin Blvd ramp. Merge onto Lake Austin Blvd. Drive for about a mile. Proceed through intersection at Exposition Blvd. Drive 100 yards and turn left into BFL parking lot.

From North Austin (Via Mo-Pac):
Drive south on Mo-Pac. Take the exit toward Lake Austin Blvd. Stay straight to go onto Winsted Ln. Winsted Ln. becomes Atlanta St. Turn right onto lake Austin Blvd. Drive for about a mile. Proceed through intersection at Exposition Blvd. Drive 100 yards and turn left into BFL parking lot.

 

Guidelines for Users and Visitors

 

1.      UT Students conducting class related research

a)      Teaching faculty and teaching assistants who wish students in their classes to have access to the Field Stations need to learn the site and keep up to date with ongoing research and station activities so they can personally orient students and consult about projects on location.   Before coming with a group of students let the BFL Director know about the plan.

b)      Make sure that student projects are not better conducted elsewhere.  Birds and ants can be studied anywhere in Austin, including campus, green belts, lake shores etc. See notes below on collecting guidelines.

c)      Students are welcome to undertake independent unsupervised studies subject to an initial review and orientation by their class faculty. If a Field Station site is deemed appropriate, and students have been well-oriented to the site, and have consulted with class faculty about their projects, then the student must submit a Student Access Request form (on the BFL website) countersigned by the faculty member. This form is required before the Field Station staff will admit students to conduct independent unsupervised studies.

d)      All students must sign-in to the log book in the entry hallway when going to and coming back from the field.

e) All traces of activity must be removed from site on completion of the study, including flags, tags and surplus equipment.

 

2.      UT Students, Staff & Faculty researchers. Any UT person intending to conduct long term research at the Field Stations must first submit a “Request for Research Activity” Form (downloadable from the BFL website).  Space will be assigned at the discretion of the BFL Director, for a fixed period of time, after which all equipment must be removed and the site restored to initial conditions. Use of common resources such as greenhouses, experimental garden, aviaries and fish tanks will be determined by the BFL Director. Priority will be given to funded projects that include overhead return to the Field Station ORU. BFL Director will issue keys. The researcher must satisfy the Director that appropriate safety training and supervision will be provided for any short term staff or student helpers.  

 

3.      UT Students, Staff & Faculty volunteers. These are people who provide volunteer services around the field stations. BFL Director will give written permissions, setting out job descriptions, training requirements, and will issue keys, safety equipment and provide supervision.  Must use sign-in book when going to field.

 

4.      Members of the public, serving as volunteers for more than 1 week. Including a) volunteers on outdoor service projects, b) Outreach docents, c) Research assistants in a lab. 

Must have Volunteer Appointments with 0% time HRMS appointment, no benefits. Standard appointment documentation including CV and background checks are needed. Must undergo general safety and site orientation training. Entitled to UT privileges (keys, lab access, library, EID, UT wifi, parking permits). Not allowed to drive UT vehicles or use Procard.  Prior approval of BFL Director. Need to sign waivers (see Visitor package on BFL website). Must use sign-in book when going to field.

 

5.      Public day visitors within lab building area. Must report to a Field Station Faculty/Staff person and provide identification if requested.

 

6.      Public Day Visitors and Volunteers in the field site, beyond the lab building area.  Only invited guests allowed. Must have prior approval of BFL Director.  Need to sign waivers (see Visitor package). No access to UT privileges (keys, lab access, library, EID, UT wifi, parking permits, Procard). A UT faculty/staff member must always be present.

 

7.      Contractors. Same as Public day visitors.  Contractors on long term construction projects may be issued Gate and Room keys, to be returned at the end of the project. Contractors will be given rules applicable to their particular project concerning site access, times of work, use of services and safety matters.

 

8.      Visiting Research Fellows. This category applies to independent researchers, not volunteers in a lab.  The hosting Faculty sponsor needs to apply for an HRMS appointment with 0% time, no benefits, max 2 years.  Must have at least 3 years post-PhD research experience.  Documentation required: CV, job description, govt ID, background check, research description & benefit to UT. Needs to sign waivers (see Visitor package), have a Faculty sponsor and all relevant safety training.  Entitled to UT privileges (keys, lab access, library, EID, UT wifi, parking permits). Not allowed to drive UT vehicles. 

 

9.      Visiting Scholars.  Affiliated with an external institute, eg someone on sabbatical, or conducting short term research. The hosting Faculty sponsor needs to apply for an HRMS appointment with 0% time, no benefits, max 2 years.  Must have a BS degree or higher. Documentation required: CV, job description, govt ID, background check, research description & benefit to UT. Needs to sign waivers (see Visitor package), have a Faculty sponsor and all relevant safety training.  Entitled to UT privileges (keys, lab access, library, EID, UT wifi, parking permits). Not allowed to drive UT vehicles.  

 

10.   Visiting Students (High School). needs to apply for an HRMS appointment with 0% time, no benefits, max 1 year.  Documentation required: The hosting Faculty sponsor CV, job description. Needs to sign waivers (see Visitor package), have a Faculty sponsor and all relevant safety training. Entitled to UT privileges (keys, lab access, library, EID, UT wifi, parking permits). Not allowed to drive UT vehicles.   

 

11.   Research Affiliate (Postdoctoral). Recent PhD graduate (within 3 years), self-funded or independently funded by a 3rd party institute. The hosting Faculty sponsor needs to apply for an HRMS appointment with 0% time, no benefits, max 1 year.  Documentation required: CV, job description. Needs to sign waivers (see Visitor package), have a Faculty sponsor and all relevant safety training. Entitled to UT privileges (keys, lab access, library, EID, UT wifi, parking permits). Not allowed to drive UT vehicles.   

 

Collecting specimens at Field Stations

Always check with BFL Director to find out areas or species that are presently being studied by other researchers.  Unusual records should be reported to BFL Director.  All specimens and data belong to UT. 

Large charismatic species of flowers, butterflies, dragonflies etc should not be collected at the Field Stations.  Avoid over-collecting insects at flowers, and do not damage flowers.   

 

Parking at BFL

All vehicles must display appropriate UT permits to be parked in the UT parking lot. Non-permitted vehicles are subject to fines or towing. Day visitors may request a one-day temporary parking permit from their sponsoring faculty. No personal vehicles are to be parked within BFL gates, unless they belong to students or staff on overnight trips with prior approval of the Director.