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A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Wetlands in Alabama

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A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Wetlands in Georgia

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A Delta Dynamics Collaboratory

An interdisciplinary team of geoscientists, engineers, and ecologists will develop and test high-resolution, quantitative models to predict river delta dynamics spanning shorter-term engineering to longer-term geologic t... More
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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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Advances in CO2 Injection and Storage in Geologic Formations (GEO 391)

This class is a cross disciplinary, project-based course in new technology for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Topics covered will include multiphase fluid flow, pore scale studies, imaging micromodels, capillary an... More
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Aesthetics and Ecology (CRP 383, LAR 385)

This seminar will explore the question: what does aesthetics have to do with ecology? More
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Almy, Dean

Applied Research in Sustainable Urbanism. Dallas Urban Laboratory 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
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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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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
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Basic Ecology for Designers & Planners (CRP 383)

Basic ecological concepts to be covered in the lecture component of the course include: the physical environment (e.g., water, nutrient cycling, climate; concepts of ecosystem, biome and ecotone); species interactions (e... More
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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
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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 Conservation (GRG 392M)

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Biofuels (BIO 393)

This is a graduate seminar/tutorial type course that presents and discusses current primary literature on Biofuels (fuel derived from organisms), with an emphasis on microbiology, plant biology, molecular biology and/or ... 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
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
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Biological Systems in Sustainable Design (BIO 386)

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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
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Breecker, Daniel

Breecker is primarily interested in pursuing a process-based understanding of soils and the "critical zone" with the goal of determining how climate influences soils and how soils influence climate. A better understandin... More
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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
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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
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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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Chemical Dynamics in the Environment (CE 397)

Environmental chemodynamics: interphase equilibrium, reactions, transport processes and related models for anthropogenic substances across natural interfaces (air-water-sediment-soil) and associated boundary regions. More
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Climate Change (GRG 333K)

Examines changes in climatic systems over both short and long time periods in relation to impacts on physical and ecological systems. Discusses past, present, and future changes in climatic conditions and the methods use... More
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Collaborative Research. IPY: Arctic Great Rivers Observatory (Arctic-GRO)

The Arctic Great Rivers Observatory (Arctic-GRO) project will assess river constituent (chemistry, isotopes, nutrients) fluxes and discharge in the Ob\', Yenisey, Lena, Kolyma, Yukon and Mackenzie Rivers. These observati... More
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Collaborative Research: Calibrating the Paleosol Carbonate CO2 Barometer for Vertic Paleosols by Monitoring Soil CO2 in Modern Vertisols

Intellectual Merit: A calibration of the paleosol carbonate CO2 barometer is proposed in order to improve estimates of the concentration of CO2 in Earth\'s ancient atmosphere. The concentration of CO2 in the soil during ... More
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Collaborative Research: Chemical Weathering and Organic Carbon Export from Arctic Watersheds, North Slope, Alaska

Recent climate change has dramatically impacted the Arctic, and models suggest that accelerated effects will occur in the future as CO2 continues to accumulate in the atmosphere. Understanding this problem is important b... More
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Comparative Ecosystems (GRG 366C)

The important ecosystem processes that affect the distributions, characteristics, and management of natural environments at landscape, regional, and continental scales. Ecosystem functions, including nutrient cycling, wa... 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
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Crews, Kelley

Landuse Ecology & Management, GIS & Remote Sensing, Environmental Policy Analysis, and Population-Environment Interactions with fourteen years field experience in the Global Tropics More
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Development of an Integrated Superconducting Gravity Meter Sensor System

This grant supports acquisition, development and testing of a field superconducting gravity-meter (FSG) as an ultra-sensitive system for monitoring fluctuations and trends in subsurface water storage over long (months) u... More
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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
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Digital Landscape Laboratory

The Environmental Information Systems Laboratory (EIS Lab) provides comprehensive resources for learning and research involving Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial analysis, hypermedia authoring... More
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Dooling, Sarah

Urban ecology; Urban Vulnerabilities; Ecosystem Services; Spatial Justice; Interdisciplinary Pedagogy More
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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
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Dull, Robert

Dr. Dull regularly teaches undergraduate courses such as Environmental Hazards, Quaternary Landscapes, Human Use of the Earth, and the Natural Environment (Introductory Physical Geography). His regularly taught graduate ... 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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Ecological Approach to Child Health (N 396T)

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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 of Urban and Regional Policy (GRG 396T)

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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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Ecosystem Services, Equity and Justice (CRP 383)

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Ecosystem-Climate Interactions in the Tropics on Orbital Timescale

Ecosystem change plays a critical role as a feedback mechanism in the global monsoon systems yet little is known about the role of these feedbacks on glacial-interglacial timescales. Drill cores collected from deep sedim... More
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Environmental and Natural Resources (CRP 383)

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Environmental Change in the Western Amazon

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Environmental Engineering Science Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

The goal of the Environmental Engineering Science emphasis area, within the EWRE program, is to determine the fate and transport of pollutants and develop an understanding of the fundamental chemical and biochemical reac... More
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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 Trace Contaminants

The goal of the CER’s research effort is to assess the long‐term safety, sustainability, and ecological impacts of applying Class B biosolids to the Hornsby Bend facility site. Most of the existing biosolids research... More
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Environmental Uncertainties and Livelihood Thresholds in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

This research will combine insights from both social and natural sciences to understand how variability and uncertainty in time and space impact human-environment interactions. The project will examine social responses t... 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
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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
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Field Methods in Groundwater Hydrology (GEO 376L)

Introduction to field methods, including geophysics, pump tests, stream gauging, well-logging, water sampling, and mapping. An intensive three-week course meeting eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, and four hours ... More
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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
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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
Degree Plans & Curricula

Geographical Sciences Track - Environmental Science (BS)

Students in the Geographical Sciences Track within the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program make their academic home in the Department of Geography and the Environment within the College of Liberal... 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 and Ecological Modeling (GRG 393D)

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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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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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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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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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Improving Estimates of Ancient Atmospheric CO2 Concentration

The goal of this project is to calibrate the paleosol carbonate CO2 barometer for Vertisols in order to improve estimates of the concentration of CO2 in Earth’s ancient atmosphere. If the value(s) determined for the so... 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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Introduction to Urban Ecology (CRP 383)

In this course, relevant theories and principles from natural science ecology, planning, geography, history, urban studies, public policy, and environmental law will be integrated to further understanding of urban ecolog... 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
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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Latrubesse, Edgardo

Edgardo Latrubesse's main research interests include the Neogene paleogeography, paleohydrology and paleoecology of Tropical South America, geomorphology, hydrology of large rivers and the impacts of human activities on ... 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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Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop Training

The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWC) are holding a series of FREE LID workshops in eight communities containing local wat... 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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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
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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
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Mountain Geoecology (GRG 335K)

Upper-division standing required. Geological evolution of mountains. physical geography of mountains: climates, soils, vegetation, land forms and gemorphic processes. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of coursework in physi... 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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Natural Resources Law & Energy Production (LAW F279M)

This two credit survey course focuses on the legal issues that arise in the context of efforts to conserve and regulate the use of public lands, wildlife and wildlife habitat, water resources, and wetlands. 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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Near Surface Observatory

The Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) in the Jackson School of Geosciences at UT-Austin has purchased a new airborne instrument system that includes topographic lidar, bathymetric lidar, color/infrared imaging, and hypers... 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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Nuclear Environmental Protection (ME 389C)

Ionizing radiation and its interactions with matter and living tissues; radioactive decay kinetics; external and internal dose measurement; transportation through the environment; managing radioactive waste streams; and ... 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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Pre-Industrial Land Use and Anthropogenic Climate Change

An ongoing research collaboration that seeks to quantify the climatic impacts of pre-European and post-European contact land use change in the Americas. Current research seeks to reconstruct land use change using paleoco... 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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Proseminar in Environmental Geography (GRG 372K)

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Quality Growth Toolbox

Under the leadership of Professors Robert Paterson, Rachael Rawlins and Chandra Bhat, with support from partners Envision Central Texas, UT’s Center for Transportation Research and CSD, faculty and students have develo... 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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Remote Sensing of the Environment (GRG 493K)

Imagery generated by remote sensors applied to research and problem solving in the physical and cultural environment. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.... More
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Research in Environmental Change (GEO 394)

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Research in Global Change (GEO 394)

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Research Methods for Environmental Science (EVS 331)

EVS 331 provides students with a research toolkit in environmental science by guiding them through independent research focusing on environmental issues in urban watersheds. 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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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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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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Soils (GRG 334K)

This course will focus on the study of soils as natural features, and will approach soil science from several slightly different but interrelated pedological perspectives: 1. Soil Morphology: the soil profile; soil ho... 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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Surface and Soil Chemistry (CE 397)

An introduction to surface and soil chemistry as applied to environmental processes. Subjects include colloidal properties, liquid surfaces, liquid-liquid interfaces, solid-liquid interfaces, sorption, and soil component... 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
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainability Track - Geography and the Environment (BA)

The Environmental Resource Management track, within the Bachelor of Arts degree program in Geography, allows students to develop technical skills in the discipline of geography. The goal is to produce graduates with a fe... More
Research & Initiatives

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
Research & Initiatives

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
Research & Initiatives

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
Research & Initiatives

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
Research & Initiatives

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
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 Ecology of Rural HIV/AIDS: Forecasting HIV/AIDS Vulnerable Landscapes and Populations in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Dr. Kelley A. Crews has been awarded a Fulbright Faculty Fellowship for 2009 – 2010 under the Africa Regional Research Program for her project “The Ecology of Rural HIV/AIDS: Forecasting HIV/AIDS Vulnerable Landscape... 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 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
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
Research & Initiatives

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
Courses

Topics in Environmental Geography (GRG 356)

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Courses

Topics in Horticulture and Plant Design (LAR 384)

Study of habitat, site and technical conditions, and characteristics of plant typologies and their application to landscape practice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser. More
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
Courses

Vegetation Ecology (GRG 367K)

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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
Research & Initiatives

Water Sustainability in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India

Water and nutrient availability for crop production are often critical issues in (semi)arid regions; however, information on these issues is limited. The purpose of this study was to assess the use of unsaturated zone ch... 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