Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) is a premier urban field research station for studies in biodiversity, ecosystem change and natural history. The lab is of critical importance to The University of Texas at Austin’s top-ten ranked Ecology, Evolution and Behavior graduate program. As an urban field lab, BFL is unsurpassed in regard to historical data, access for students and faculty (a few minutes from main campus), and diversity of habitats. Research at the lab contributes to our understanding of climate change, invasive species, biodiversity, genomics, animal behavior and evolution.


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Summer 2016 REU in Climate Change Impacts in Semi-Arid Regions at UT-Austin

UT is looking for 10 exceptional undergraduates for a paid, 10-week immersive research experience, the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Climate Change Impacts in Semi-Arid R

Postdoc opening: Grassland Ecologist

We are recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to study the community ecology of South Texas grasslands that have been disrupted by woody plant removal and introduction of exotic grasses (e.g.

New microsporidian pathogen of tawny crazy ants

A new study describing the first pathogen to be found in tawny crazy ants has been published by the Invasive Species Research group at BFL and by USDA scientists.

Summer 2015 field station undergrad positions

UT field stations have several positions available for undergrads this summer.

New Curator of Entomology

The UT Insect Collection based in the LAC building at BFL has a new Curator, Dr Alex Wild. Dr Wild  has a strong background in insect systematics with a specialty interests in ants.

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