People gathered around lab table

The University of Texas at Austin Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) is a unique urban research station located on 82 acres of land that borders the Colorado River along Lake Austin Boulevard. From the early days of the University of Texas, biologists have used this tract of land for research, teaching, and specimen collection, and since the establishment of the Field Laboratory in 1967, BFL has continued to evolve as a center for biodiversity research in Texas. In addition to these wild spaces, modern facilities exist that provide onsite workspaces and resources.

The main 18,279 sq. ft laboratory building provides indoor research facilities, classroom and computer lab space, and houses the UT entomology collection as well as the Fire Ant Lab, and Insect Biodiversity and Systematics lab. Indoor facilities also include an animal rearing room, wet lab, plant dryer, natural temperature laboratory, indoor greenhouse and living cycad collection with attached fumigation room, library, darkroom, workshop, and 2 constant temperature rooms. The Resident Manager's office and living quarters are also housed in the laboratory building.

Outdoor Facilities

Water tanks

Greenhouses: Five contemporary greenhouses and one conservatory

Water tanks: 44 x 500 gallon concrete, above-ground fish tanks with overflow ponds; 16 x 4ft deep small concrete tanks, 7 30ftx30ft concrete tanks

Land Partitions: 8 x 1 acre population enclosures with non-climbable walls, electricity, and central pond, 4x1 acre population enclosures with non-climbable walls, electricity, and water faucets, 8 x 30ftx30ft populations enclosures, 3 acre deerproof fenced experimental garden with water, five deer exlcosures have been set up in varying habitats to access rippling affects that browsing deer may have on other organisms.

River access: Boathouse and ramp to Colorado River

Utilities: 2 water wells and wellhouses, equipment sheds, duck blind, and weather station.