About

At our network of strategically located research sites, scientists, students and communities seize opportunities to learn from diverse ecosystems in Texas.

Why Field Stations Matter

Field stations are areas where biologists, geoscientists, architectural researchers, engineers and others gain insights about the intricate and interconnected processes that affect land, water, atmosphere, living things, communities and the economy. At our sites, students learn about unique natural places in Texas, communities engage in outreach activities and researchers conduct long-term studies, important for conservation, restoration and understanding the impact of climate-related changes.

UT Austin’s strategic plan outlines a commitment to bold research pursuits and leading the nation in energy and environment-related research, including with a “network of field stations and other sites around the world to capture data, forecast trends and expand biodiversity, environmental and social science research.”

Experts leverage the Texas Field Station Network to monitor environmental changes facing Texas, solve environmental problems, immerse students in educational experiences that will serve them over their lifetimes and connect with the people in local communities where these sites are embedded.

A Growing Network

A map of Texas Field Station Network sites shows the state in burnt orange with four central locations labeled (White Ranch, Dripping Springs, Brackenridge Field Laboratory, Austin, Stengl Lost Pines BIological Station, Smithville, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin), one on the coast (Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas) and one in West Texas (McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis)

Biodiversity Center

Sites within the Texas Field Station Network, along with extensive collections, are available to researchers. These resources are administratively based in the UT Austin Biodiversity Center within the Department of Integrative Biology. 

Biodiversity Center

Department of Integrative Biology