Off-campus Research Sites

J.J. Pickle Research Campus

The J.J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC, formerly the Balcones Research Center) is in northwest Austin at the corner of Braker Lane and Burnet Road. A Pickle Research Campus map and building list is available for visitors to the PRC.

Commons Machine RoomThe following centers, groups, laboratories and services are at the PRC:


West Pickle Research Building (formerly the MCC Building)

The West Pickle Research Building is at the southwest corner of MoPac Boulevard and Braker Lane. The following centers, departments and services are in the building:



Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a nonprofit, self-sustaining center that serves as a portal through which students, researchers, businesses and knowledge flow freely between Texas and Mexico. Its operations are housed in the Research and Technological Innovation Park in Apodaca, a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico



Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in southwest Austin is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes.


McDonald Observatory

GGIE The McDonald Observatory is one of the world's leading centers for astronomical research. Its facilities sit atop Mount Locke and Mount Fowlkes in the Davis Mountains of West Texas. 


Marine Science Institute

The Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas has active research programs in marine science disciplines including the physiology, biochemistry and ecology of marine plants and animals; dynamics of marine ecosystems; biogeochemistry; mariculture; toxicology; and environmental monitoring. It is the oldest marine research station on the Texas Gulf Coast.


Brackenridge Field Laboratory

The Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) is a unique urban research station on 88 acres of land that borders the Colorado River along Lake Austin Boulevard. From the early days of the university, biologists have used this tract of land for research, teaching and specimen collection. Since 1967, BFL has continued to evolve as a center for biodiversity research in Texas.