Off-Campus Research Sites

The Sun rises behind the open dome of the Harlan J. Smith Telescope

Ethan Tweedie Photography

In addition to the many research centers, groups, laboratories and services on our main campus, The University of Texas at Austin has state-of-the-art facilities spread across the city and state, including a dedicated research campus in northwest Austin, a biological research site on the Colorado River, a stunning public garden and research space in southwest Austin, a research station out in the piney woods of Smithville, Texas, one of the world's leading astronomical research centers in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, the oldest marine research station on the Texas Gulf Coast, and a non-profit research center focused on technology-based entrepreneurship in Nuevo León, Mexico.

Brackenridge Field Laboratory

Brackenridge Field Laboratory

An 82-acre biological research site and unique urban field lab, established in 1967.

Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A nonprofit, self-sustaining portal through which students, researchers, businesses and knowledge flow freely between Texas and Mexico.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Research center in southwest Austin aiming to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes.

McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory

One of the world's leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, public education and outreach.

Marine Science Institute

Marine Science Institute

The oldest and most significant marine research facility on the Texas coast, changing our understanding of the world's oceans and coasts.

Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station

Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station

A 208-acre wild space in a relic stand of piney woods, providing students and researchers with valuable study space and inspiration.