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"Biodiversity"

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Abbott, John

My research focuses primarily on the biodiversity, biogeography and biology of Odonata (dragonflies & damselflies), particularly in North America and the New World tropics. My interests, however, vary widely. I also wo... More
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Adaptations to Marine Environments (MNS 483C)

The physiological basis for organismal and population-level responses to marine environments. Four lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and either consent of instructor or the following... More
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Advanced Environmental Law - Natural Resources (LAW 341L)

This three credit survey course focuses on the basic legal and ethical issues that pervade the consumption, conservation, and regulation of natural resources. These issues include, among others, competing claims of publi... More
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Amos, Anthony F.

Tony Amos has been with The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas for the past 33 years. He officially retired in 2003 but continues an active role in the University as a Research Fellow doing long... More
Research & Initiatives

Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK)

The Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) rehabilitates birds, especially aquatic birds, sea turtles, terrestrial turtles and tortoises. The ARK also deals with stranded (dead) sea turtles and marine mammals through our long ... More
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Aquatic Entomology (BIO 321L; BIO 384K)

We will learn the taxonomy of aquatic insects and their use in biomonitoring. Two lecture hours and three hours of laboratory or fieldwork a week for one semester.\r\n More
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Asher, John Hart

John's expertise includes sustainable roadside design; project management; sustainable water quality and detention practices; soil restoration/conservation practices; compost for restoration purposes; invasive species tr... More
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Austin Area Environmental Issues (UGS 302)

A freshman signature course. 18 students. Discussion format. Writing flag. Contents span a range of Austin environmental issues: water use, endangered species, green building, park management, recycling, etc. More
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Basic Botany and Native Plants (LAR 384)

Students will study plant form and function using native plant species as an examples. The goal of the course is to become familiar with Plant biology and physiology and to be able to identify general characteristics of ... More
Research & Initiatives

Be Plantwise: A Partnership for Conservation

Be PlantWise is a partnership between the National Park Service, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Garden Club of America, and the National Invasive Species Council to educate the public and communities about best... More
Faculty & Staff

Bertelsen, Michelle

Ecologist Bertelsen’s expertise is in ecological research. She works on site analysis, ecological and land management, water resource protection and landscape restoration. She has a master’s degree in recreation, par... More
Research & Initiatives

Biodiversity and Biocultural Conservation Laboratory

The major thrusts of our research is in systematic biodiversity conservation and restoration planning and disease ecology and epidemiology. However, we are interested in all areas of computational and mathematical biolog... More
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Biodiversity and the Law (GRG 396T; PA 388K)

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Biodiversity Conservation (GRG 392M)

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Biodiversity, Dynamics, and Crises (UGS 302)

This seminar is an introduction to biodiversity, which refers to the diversity of living organisms. We will also examine the crises species face due to human activities and global warming. More
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Biogeography (GRG 366K)

Contemporary patterns of plant and animal distribution, and the environmental and historical processes affecting them. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and three semester... More
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Biological Oceanographic Processes (MNS 384T)

An advanced course in biological processes in oceanic and coastal waters, with emphasis on empirical and theoretical concepts of marine ecosystem dynamics, primary and secondary production, and detrital cycling. Three le... More
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Biological Oceanography (MNS354T)

Introduction to the organisms in the sea, their adaptations to the environment, and the factors that control their distribution and abundance. The course emphasizes laboratory and field work with organisms found in the c... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Biological Sciences Track - Environmental Science (BS)

Students in the Biological Sciences Track within the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program make their academic home in the School of Biological Sciences within the College of Natural Sciences. EVS s... More
Centers & Institutes

Brackenridge Field Laboratory

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 to... More
Faculty & Staff

Brand, Jerry

A major research interest of Jerry Brand is the mechanism of freezing damage in algal cells and processes that protect them from chilling and freezing damage. Studies are directed toward the development of improved proce... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Bridging Disciplines Program in the Environment

The Environment BDP gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplinary approaches to environmental processes and contemporary environmental issues. By bringing together courses in natural sciences, socia... More
Faculty & Staff

Buskey, Edward

Zooplankton Ecology Behavior and sensory perception of zooplankton; bioluminescence of marine plankton; predator-prey interactions; photobehavior; role of zooplankton grazers in phytoplankton bloom dynamics Estua... More
Research & Initiatives

Catch-and-Release Mortality Rates in Red Snapper

Red snapper are prized sport and commercial food fish everywhere they are found. Intense fishing pressure has caused the species to become one of conservation concern. Strict size limits require sport fishermen to rele... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Environmental Research (CER) at Hornsby Bend

The Center for Environmental Research at the Austin Water Utility's Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant is a partnership formed in 1989 with the City of Austin, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University to su... More
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Changing Climate: Biological Affects of Global Warming

At BFL, Parmesan and her students continue their investigations into how climate change and global warming might be affecting our ecosystems. Doctoral candidate John Matthews is looking at dragonflies that spend their yo... More
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Coastal Environmental Science in Texas Bays (MNS s152T)

"Practical studies of Texas coastal environments with various analytical and observation methods to better understand the health and functioning of coastal ecosystem. Specifically, the main foci of the class would be bet... More
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Concepts in Marine Conservation Biology (MNS F352)

General principles and examples of conservation biology as applied to marine environments. Topics include biodiversity, fisheries, ecosystem management and human dimensions. Offered by video link from Port Aransas for st... More
Research & Initiatives

Concho Community Garden

Growing food for individuals, local food shelters, UT Dining Services; Educating our campus and city communities about growing local, organic food, and realizing its place within the greater context of conventional food ... More
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Conservation Biology (BIO 375; BIO 384K)

Application of principles of ecology to the preservation of wild plant and animal species and to the preservation, management, and restoration of natural and seminatural ecosystems. Emphasis on scientific, biological asp... More
Research & Initiatives

Digging for Clams: The Invasive Asian Clam

Ever since invasive Asian clams slipped into American waters in the 1920s, they’ve been wreaking havoc. The small clams pack together, clogging cooling lines of power plants and polluting the water when they die off in... More
Faculty & Staff

Dooling, Sarah

Urban ecology; Urban Vulnerabilities; Ecosystem Services; Spatial Justice; Interdisciplinary Pedagogy More
Research & Initiatives

Dragonfly Master: Insect Diversity and Ecology

Part of Abbott’s research focuses on using ant and beetle species as indicators of ecological disturbance. Changes in insect densities and diversity can provide insights into important ecological disturbances, like pol... More
Faculty & Staff

Dunton, Kenneth

Dr. Dunton's research interests include benthic marine vegetation of subtropical and polar regions, including the biology of high latitude kelps and the ecology of subtropical seagrass and estuarine marsh communities; st... More
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Dynamics of Small-Scale Fisheries in Baja California Sur

Small-scale fisheries engage over 90% of the world’s fishers and produce over half the worlds annual marine fish catch, and are one of the dominant influences on coastal ecosystems. I am co-PI in an interdisciplinary r... More
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Early Life-History of Billfish in the Gulf of Mexico

The purpose of our project is to identify areas of the Gulf of Mexico with high densities of larval billfish. Very little information is known about the early life history of these fish, which is vital to producing sound... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Earth Science Track - Geography and the Environment (BA)

The Earth Science Track, within the Bachelor of Arts degree program in Geography, emphasizes the study of environmental processes at regional and global scales. Geomorphology and biogeography are the most important comp... More
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Ecology (BIO 373)

Ecology is the scientific study of the complex interrelationships between organisms and their environments. This course surveys the fundamental principles in the field of ecology and prepares students for further advance... More
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Ecology and Conservation of the Spring Ecosystems of Cuatro Cienegas

The valley of Cuatrociénegas, in central Coahuila, México has the greatest number of endemic species of any place in North America (Stein et al, 2000). With its high biodiversity and more than 70 endemic species, this ... More
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Ecology and Environmental Policy (GRG 396T)

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Ecology laboratory (BIO 373L)

Intensive field ecology. Includes group field experiment and observation, independent projects, and field trips to other vegetation zones. Students complete weekly write-ups of observation and data analysis, reports of i... More
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Ecology, Conservation and Restoration -- In Practice (BIO n437; GRG n456t)

The single greatest difficulty for achieving desired results becomes that of unrecognized human ignorance acted upon with overconfidence. In practice, successful management of natural resources, conservation and restorat... More
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Ecology, Evolution and Society (BIO 301M)

Designed for nonscience majors. Introduction to environmental adaptations, diversity of organisms, species interactions, organization and processes of communities, population growth and limitations, evolution and populat... More
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Effects of Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico

The dead zone is an area of the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast where extremely low oxygen levels (hypoxia) at the ocean floor have killed or forced out marine organisms. Increased nutrients in the Mississippi Riv... More
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Environmental and Natural Resources (CRP 383)

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Environmental Change and Sustainability (BDP 101; GEO 101)

This Forum Seminar will explore the range of environmental problems that have been created by human activity and population growth.  Among the major issues to be addressed are water resources, climate change, biodiversi... More
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Environmental Change in the Western Amazon

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Environmental Ethics (PHL 325C)

This is a course on environmental philosophy with a focus on environmental ethics but also treating epistemological issues. Much of the course will be a survey of major problem areas including intrinsic and instrumental ... More
Centers & Institutes

Environmental Science Institute

The Environmental Science Institute is a multi-disciplinary institute for basic scientific research in environmental studies at UT. The Institute serves as a focal point on campus for a wide scope of interdisciplinary r... More
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Environmental Science Professionalism I (EVS 141)

EVS 141 is designed for students entering their final year in the Environmental Science degree program and intended to provide graduating students with a perspective on the emerging field of Environmental Science by intr... More
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Environmental Sustainability (GRG 396T)

What is sustainability science? How does sustainability relate to intergenerational equity, climate change, economic development, and the global commons? We will approach these topics through the lens of the most current... More
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Estuarine Ecology (MNS 352C)

General ecological principles of estuarine environments in Texas, including physiography, hydrography, and plant and animal community structure and productivity. Requires several field trips in addition to lecture hours,... More
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Evolutionary Ecology (BIO 357)

Principles of modern ecology, particularly as they relate to natural selection and evolutionary theory. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Biology 325 or 325H with a grade ... More
Faculty & Staff

Fay, Philip

Philip Fay is a research ecologist for the USDA-ARS Grassland, Soil and Water Research Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. from Kansas State University, and remained there as a postdoctoral fellow till 1998. Fay\'s research ... More
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Field Methods for Landscape Characterization (GRG 373K)

The design of research questions and the acquisition of data for the characterization of landscapes. Utilizes geographical and ecological field-based methods. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Up... More
Research & Initiatives

Fire Ant Project

The ultimate goal of our project is to establish a comprehensive suite of phorid species for fire ant biological control in Central and South Texas. The effectiveness of such biocontrol is expected to depend on the suite... More
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Fire Ecology Project

The biodiversity of the Texas Hill Country is threatened. With less than 1 percent of the land federally or municipally owned, preservation of the region\'s flora lies in the hands of private landowners. The fire ecology... More
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Fishes of Texas Project

The Fishes of Texas Project has compiled a large database of historical and recent occurrences of fishes for the state of Texas and adjacent areas and makes it available to researchers and natural resource managers at ht... More
Faculty & Staff

Fowler, Norma

My students and I are currently pursuing a variety of questions in several areas of plant population biology and plant ecology. These areas include (1) the dynamics and regulation of plant populations and meta-population... More
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Genetically Modified Organisms: Environmental, Ethical, and Political Issues (UGS 302)

This seminar will initially cover the biology behind the production of genetically modified (GM) organisms then move onto environmental, ethical, and political issues associated with the production of genetically modifie... More
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Geomorphic Adjustment of the San Marcos River

This project began in spring of 2005 and studies the environmental implications of geomorphic adjustment of the San Marcos River due to human disturbances. More
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Gilbert, Lawrence

Dr. Gilbert's current research ranges from the analysis of coevolved traits of insects and plants to experimental population dynamics and developmental genetics of mimetic color patterns in Heliconius butterflies. By wor... More
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GIS Modeling: Analysis of Movement (ANT 324L; GRG 356T)

This course provides an introduction to spatial data analysis and agent-based modeling within a GIS framework through a topical focus on movement analyses. Movement analyses are frequently employed in environmental and s... More
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Global Environmental Change (BIO 359; BIO 386)

Global change as it affects terrestrial ecosystems, including feedback between ecosystems and the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases and global warming, ozone, biological invasions, and land-use change. Prerequisite: Biology 3... More
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Global Environmental Governance (PA 188G)

This three-credit class will provide an introduction to the policies, statutes, regulations, agency orders, and legal cases addressing the many aspects of energy use. We will briefly explore controls imposed on the extra... More
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Go Native U

Go Native U is an informal education program designed to teach adults about the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes and encourages discovery of the natural world. In our spring ... More
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Gonzalez, Laura I.

Dr. Gonzalez is an Ecologist interested in both basic and applied population and community ecology of both marine and terrestrial organisms. Along the population lines, she is interested in the effect that the spatial d... More
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Hawkes, Christine

Ecology has traditionally been an aboveground field of study, both conceptually and practically. Yet the more we explore belowground, the more evidence we have that soil microorganisms are fundamental to the functioning... More
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Hawkins, Philip

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Hendrickson, Dean

Dr. Hendrickson has focused his research on the evolution, conservation and ecology of freshwater ecosystems, particularly those of North American deserts and generally wih emphasis on fishes and Mexico. His most recent ... More
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Hidden Treasures of Plants: Fuel, Food, Meds, and Money (UGS 302)

Plants have been used as treasures by civilizations for eons, but this course will focus on surprising, undervalued treasures of plants in today?s world, including their increasing use as biofuels, their little-known val... More
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Hillis, David

The study of evolution of biotic diversity is the focus of Dr. Hillis' research. Most of his research concerns use of molecular genetic techniques to study relationships among populations, species, and higher taxa. Some ... More
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Holt, G. Joan

Dr. G Joan Holt is a world-renowned marine scientist and mariculture researcher. For over 38 years, Dr. Holt’s work has addressed vital issues surrounding fish ecology, captive culture, and development. Currently, Dr. ... More
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Holt, Scott

Scott Holt’s research career has spanned a diverse array of topics within fisheries & ecology, delivering insights into virtually every stage of the marine fish lifecycle. His primary focus is on the early life and eco... More
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Hopkins, Mariah

As human populations continue to grow and expand geographically, human-wildlife conflict inevitably increases. My research focuses on how to mitigate this conflict and sustainably manage threatened wildlife populations. ... More
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Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory

The Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory is a program of the Austin Water Utility's Center for Environmental Research at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant. The 1200-acre Hornsby Bend site is located in southeast Austi... More
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Hot Science - Cool Talks/Outreach Lecture Series

Leading researchers communicate their research to the public, and in particular to the K-12 community. The talks are interactive educational experiences, lively discussion, and a live webcast. More
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Human Exploration and Exploitation of the Sea (MNS 367K; GEO 367K)

Review of the history of ocean exploration including major oceanographic expeditions. Discussion of current topics in ocean exploration and exploitation of marine resources, the impact of resource exploitation on biologi... More
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Improved Prediction of Climate Impacts on Migratory Pathways Through Machine Learning, Hydrologic Modeling and Network

Climate change is predicted to have profound effects on precipitation regimes worldwide. Wetlands and wetland-dependent spaces may be strongly impacted by increases and decreases in rainfall. We propose to model hist... More
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Intro Biology: Diversity and Ecology (BIO 213)

Introduction to the evolution of life, the diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, population biology, species interactions, the organization of biological communities and ecosystems. Two lecture hours and one... More
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Invaders of Texas

The Wildflower Center has joined with the Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, Houston Advanced Research Center and others to recruit volunteers who detect and report invasive species... More
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Invasion Ecology (BIO 384K)

Our understanding of the problems associated with species invasions has grown dramatically in recent years due to the large numbers of species introductions, their sometimes severe negative impacts, and the economic cost... More
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Issues in Population Biology (BIO 384L)

Analysis at an advanced level of currently active areas of research in population biology. More
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Jansen, Robert

Dr. Jansen's research interests include the interface of systematics and evolution. His work has utilized information from phylogenetic studies as a guide to conservation priorities. He and his students have also looked ... More
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Jha, Shalene

Broadly, Dr. Jha's research interests include landscape genetics, population ecology, conservation biology, and foraging ecology. More specifically, she is interested in examining how global land use change influences ge... More
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Juenger, Tom

My research focuses on the interface of ecological and evolutionary processes in natural plant populations. I am generally interested in phenotypic evolution, and have studied a number of systems over the course of my ca... More
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Keitt, Timothy

Dr. Keitt’s research focuses on: land use change and conservation in Madascar, network theory applied to habitat-based conservation planning, and spatial and temporal scaling in ecological dynamics. More
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Kirisits, Mary Jo

Dr. Kirisits's teaching interests include biological treatment processes, biofilms, environmental microbiology, and molecular biology. Her research emphasizes the importance of applying the tools of molecular biology and... More
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Laboratory Studies in Marine Ecology (MNS 120L)

A laboratory course with two weekend field trips to the Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas to perform ecological studies in the Texas coastal zone. Two weekend field trips, with pre- and post-field trip laboratory ... More
Centers & Institutes

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. Decades ago, former first lady Lady Bird Johnson recognized that ou... More
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Landscape Ecology (GRG 335N)

The study of spatial patterns in the earth's biosphere found within landscapes, typically areas measured in square kilometers. Examines the processes that create those patterns, drawing from ecology, biogeography, and ma... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Landscape Ecology and Biogeography Track - Geography and the Environment (BA)

The Landscape Ecology and Biogeography Track, within, the Bachelor of Arts degree program in Geography, studies the changing distributions of plants, animals, and ecosystems. It can be applied to study the conservation o... More
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Leibold, Matthew

The field of ecology, and from my perspective especially the fields of community and ecosystem ecology, are in a state of tremendous and exciting change. In part this is due to improved methods and theories that are revi... More
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Levin, Donald

Dr. Levin's research is currently focused on the function and dynamics of the breeding system in annual species of Phlox. This entails analyses of gene flow via pollen within and among populations, documentation of the n... More
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Manderson, Emily

As an environmental designer, Emily Manderson's work focuses on sustainable landscape development and conservation design, implementing low impact development and increasing natural systems in the built environment. She ... More
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Marine Environmental Science (MNS 354Q)

Application of the principles of marine science to the study of environmental issues: toxicology, biogeochemical cycles, and biological and ecological impacts of zenobiotic materials in the coastal zone. Three lecture ho... More
Centers & Institutes

Marine Science Institute

The Marine Institute is dedicated to the three central functions of a major university (research, education, and outreach) as they apply to the Texas coastal zone and other marine environments. As an organized research u... More
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Meyers, Lauren

Dr. Meyers conducts research in two general areas. The first is mathematical epidemiology. Over the last five years, she has been developing new network-based mathematical approaches for predicting the spread of infectio... More
Research & Initiatives

Millennium Seed Bank Project

The Wildflower Center is the first non-governmental organization invited to participate in the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) Project, a global plant conservation effort developed by the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, United Kin... More
Centers & Institutes

Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) develops and facilitates partnerships that enhance coastal decision making through an integrated program of research, education, and stewardship. The Missio... More
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Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is NPIN’s newest feature allowing web visitors to submit or review plant questions online. Compared to the old email-based system of individual response, the new system has several advantages incl... More
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National Parks and Protected Areas (GRG 336C)

The history, purpose, and meaning of national parks (and preserves, refuges, and other publicly protected natural areas), from their inception at Yellowstone in 1872 to their present global distribution. Emphasis is on k... More
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Native Plant Information Network

The Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) is an online clearinghouse created by the Lady Bird Johnsons Wildflower Center to encourage the cultivation, conservation, and preservation of wildflowers and other native flor... More
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Native plants (BIO 406D)

Designed for nonscience majors. Introduction to the flora of central Texas. Involves plant identification, distribution, and consideration of edible and useful wild plants. Two lecture hours and six laboratory hours a we... More
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Natural Resource Management (BIO 478T; BIO 384K-19)

"Science gives us a way of learning generalizations about management. Management involves specific efforts to create a desired outcome, such as regenerating a grassland community that has become a desert with little vege... More
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Nature vs. Nature: Aquatic Invaders

Leibold, who’s in the process of transferring his research to Texas from Michigan, plans to rely on the resources, and the proximity to campus, of BFL to study the complex interactions between invasive species, the wat... More
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Network Isolation and Local Diversity in Neutral Metacommunities

Biologists seek an understanding of the biological and environmental factors determining local community diversity. Recent advances in metacommunity ecology, and neutral theory in particular, highlight the importance of ... More
Faculty & Staff

Neuenschwander, Amy

Amy Neuenschwander works with the Geospatial Laser Applications and Measurements group at the Applied Research Laboratories. Her research interests include scaling relationships between airborne and spacebased sensor sys... More
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O'Toole, Matthew

•M.L.A., 2010, Texas A&M University •M.S. in Range & Wildlife Management, 2005, Sul Ross State University •B.A. in Geography, 1999, University of Texas at Austin •Related expertise includes project management, fa... More
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Parmesan, Camille

Parmesan's early research focused on multiple aspects of population biology, including the ecology, evolution and behaviors of insect/plant interactions. For the past several years, the focus of her work has been on curr... More
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Pathways to Extinction (GRG 328C)

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Perez, Francisco

Dr. Perez\'s specific recent research interests include the ecology and geomorphology of microbiotic soil crusts and of vagrant cryptogamic organisms, the biogeomorphology of tropical alpine rosette plants, the effects o... More
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Pianka, Eric

My interests are ever changing but have included population and community ecology, evolutionary ecology, natural history of desert lizards, resource partitioning, reproductive tactics, foraging theory, allocation, design... More
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Plants, Environment and Human Affairs (BIO 305E)

Designed for nonscience majors. Plants and the environment, including basic ecological principles and major issues such as global warming and the biodiversity crisis; plants and society, including foods, beverages, medic... More
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Primate Conservation (ANT 348K; GRG 356T)

This course surveys conservation theory and practice, as applied specifically to primates and tropical forests. Topics include species and community characteristics influencing extinction risk, current threats to primate... More
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Principles of Marine Science: Topic 22, Oceanography (MNS 352)

Consideration of current understanding of the chemistry and biology of the oceans. Lectures, laboratory, and fieldwork. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the ... More
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Quantifying Ecosystem Integrity Under Climate Change Using Meta-Analysis

The objectives of this research are (1) To conduct quantitative syntheses of biotic responses to climate change contributing to alterations in the structure, function and distributions of terrestrial ecosystems in the US... More
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Quaternary Landscapes (GRG 335C; GRG 385C)

This course is an introduction to the changing physical and biotic landscapes of the Earth over the past two million years, with an emphasis on environmental change during the late Pleistocene and the Holocene (the past ... More
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Rainforest Conservation (BIO 337; C 357)

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Raish, Julia K

Environmental designer Raish has experience in green infrastructure research, sustainable design and implementation, master planning and facilitation, site analysis and sustainable roadside design. She holds dual master... More
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Rarity and Point Diversity in Australian Desert Lizards

I plan to undertake a series of important phylogenetic analyses elucidating probable evolutionary pathways for a wide variety of important traits including functional anatomy, activity times and temperatures, foraging ta... More
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Restoration Ecology (LAR 385)

This course examines key concepts underlying ecological mechanisms from the plant through landscape scale as it pertains to ecological and sustainable landscape design. It introduces basic principles of ecology and how t... More
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Richardson, Dick

Our research interests relate to ecological restoration and conservation, particularly of prairies. We have found that functioning of the soil ecosystem is critical for establishing and maintaining a healthy plant commun... More
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Rieff, Susan

Before joining the Wildflower Center in 2004, Rieff served as policy director for land stewardship for the National Wildlife Federation. From 1995 to 1998, she was deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Department of the Int... More
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Sarkar, Sahotra

Sarkar sees his primary role, in and out of the academy, as one of capacity building. He’s been a pioneer in introducing the mathematical and philosophical tools of decision theory and game theory to the realm of biodi... More
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Seminar in Marine Science (BIO 101C)

Topics in biology that are especially relevant to current issues and problems in modern society. May not be counted toward a degree in biology. Some sections are offered on the pass/fail basis only; these are identified ... More
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Seminar in Marine Science (MNS 191)

Recent advances in the marine sciences, discussed by students, faculty and staff members, and guest lecturers More
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Shank, G. Christopher

Coastal waters are precious to many people for their natural beauty and recreational resources. Because of their allure, U.S. coastlines (including Texas) are experiencing rapid population increases and consequently, in... More
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Shearer, Allan

Dr. Shearer's research centers how individuals, communities, and societies create scenarios of the future and how these descriptions of possible tomorrows are used to inform present day decisions. Focusing on issues rela... More
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Simmons, Mark

Mark Simmons is the Director of the Ecosystem Design Group at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, at the University of Texas at Austin. His duties are divided between the research program, teaching, and environmenta... More
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Sletto, Bjorn

Geographic Information Systems, Latin American planning and development, participatory planning, environmental and social justice, social theory. More
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Spawning and Rearing of Ornamental Fish and Shrimp

Ornamental fish and shrimp populations around the world are declining due to habitat loss and overexploitation. Coral bleaching, destructive fishing practices, boat propeller damage, and pollution are responsible for dec... More
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Species Geographic Ranges

All species have a defined and dynamic geographic distribution across space. I am interested in understanding the general processes that underlie the spatial variation in abundance of organisms and ultimately determine t... More
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Surviving Drought: Drought Resistence in Plants

In his research at BFL, Juenger studies the genetic strategies plants have evolved to cope with environmental stresses that they can’t, being rooted, walk or fly away from. In particular, he looks at how plants have ad... More
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Switchgrass as a Biofuel Crop

The agronomic development of switchgrass as a biofuel crop has focused primarily on Panicum virgatum. Unfortunately, P. virgatum is a complex polyploid (both tetraploid and octaploid series exist), has a large genome (1C... More
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Switchgrass Response to Future Climate Change

A critical challenge of the 21st century is to discover large-scale sources of sustainable energy. While various alternatives to fossil fuels are currently being developed for electricity production (e.g. solar, nuclear,... More
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Systematics and Conservation Status of Mexican Native Trouts.

While biologists have been aware of the existence of native Mexican trouts for over a century, they have received little study. The few early studies that did muchmore than mention their existence began in the 1930s and... More
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Tarpon Migration and Ecology

Tarpon once thrived off the coast of Texas (FAML’s home town of Port Aransas used to be called “Tarpon, Texas”). In the mid-1950’s fishermen observed a catastrophic crash in tarpon populations. To this day, we do... More
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Texas Arboretum

The Wildflower Center's new Gardens Master Plan includes a Texas Arboretum that will be located in an area of deeper soils suitable for growing a large number of tree species. Developed as a classic arboretum, this will ... More
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Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council (TIPPC)

Stakeholders from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, academia, green industry and the public sector had long discussed the need for one unified body to address the threat of invasive species in Texas... More
Centers & Institutes

Texas Natural Science Center

The mission of the Texas Natural Science Center is to encourage awareness and appreciation of the interplay of the biological, geological, and environmental forces as they have shaped, are shaping and will shape our worl... More
Research & Initiatives

The Consnet 1.0 Portal

The Consnet Systematic Conservation Planning Primer is a set of tutorial modules that will guide you through the process of systematic conservation planning. There are several goals that this tutorial has: to introduce l... More
Research & Initiatives

The Hidden Half of Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change: What Happens Belowground?

Our goal is to understand how soils and soil microorganisms will respond to climate change and how these responses will feedback to ecosystem carbon cycling. Saprophytic fungi responsible for decomposition and mycorrhiza... More
Courses

The Human Overpopulation Crisis (FS 301)

Why are humans in such a state of total denial about what we are doing to this planet? People are becoming aware of some of the many consequences of overpopulation, but most still refuse to recognize the underlying cause... More
Courses

The Natural Environment (GRG 301C)

This class is intended to provide an overview of physical geography, a subfield of geography that focuses on the systematic study of geographic patterns, processes, and systems within the hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphe... More
Research & Initiatives

The Role of Demography and Markets in Determining Deforestation Rates Near Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

The highland forests of Madagascar are home to some of the world's most unique and diverse flora and fauna and to some of its poorest people. This juxtaposition of poverty and biodiversity is continually reinforced by ra... More
Courses

The Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues (UGS 302)

Environmental issues ranging from global warming to invasive species are often in the news. The political issues are difficult to evaluate but the scientific ones should not be because science should be objective and tes... More
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The Spread and Evolution of Parasites on Host Networks

Contact network epidemiology is a new and powerful mathematical approach to study the ecology of infectious diseases. It involves building realistic models of the complex host contact patterns that underlie disease trans... More
Faculty & Staff

Theriot, Edward

Dr. Theriot has studied freshwater and marine biology for the large part of his career, focusing on modern lakes and on paleontology of lakes. He mainly studies microscopic algae known as diatoms, which leave a dense fos... More
Faculty & Staff

Thomas, Peter

The release of toxic chemicals into marine and estuarine environments has increased dramatically as a result of rapid industrialization in many regions of the world, but the longterm ecological consequences of increased ... More
Courses

Topics in Environmental Geography (GRG 356)

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Research & Initiatives

UTEX The Culture Collection of Algae

The principal resource of UTEX is its extensive collection of living algae. Nearly 2,800 different strains of algae, representing approximately 200 different genera, are provided to the public at modest charge. The princ... More
Faculty & Staff

Villareal, Tracy

My research interests are in understanding the processes and interactions that structure phytoplankton communities. I have two major research areas: Harmful algal species (particularly ciguatera causing dinoflagellates a... More
Faculty & Staff

Waitt, Damon

Damon Waitt holds a doctorate in botany from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied the evolutionary ecology and population genetics of Phlox. Waitt has served on the faculty at Saint Edward's University and ... More
Courses

Wildlife Conservation: The Evolution of Environmental Policy (PA 388K)

The course will explore the recent ways by which nations have engaged the natural world through the conservation of threatened and endangered wild animals and their habitats. The study of conservation policy gives us ins... More
Faculty & Staff

Young, Kenneth

Biogeography; Landscape Ecology; Climate Change; Sustainability; Linking biogeography and conservation at local to landscape to global scales, with emphasis in developing countries, tropical ecosystems, Latin America, bi... More