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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UT scientists weed out switch grass in search for biofuel

In experiments, they hope to learn which varieties will fare best in a changing climate.

Pathogens, Parasitic Flies the Subjects of New Research for Fire Ant Control

Funding from Kleberg and Bass Foundations will help biologists look for more methods of fire ant control.

UT System: BFL will stay on Lady Bird Lake

University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously agreed not to move Brackenridge Field Lab from a 350-acre tract under consideration for commercial and residential development.

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