News: Announcements

McDonald Observatory

Bass Foundation Gift Strengthens Outreach at McDonald Observatory

Updates to Field Station Network member McDonald Observatory will be in the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center and improve and expand the visitor experience.

Aerial view of an astronomical observatory set atop a mountain

Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Launches Live Owl Nest Cam

A much-loved great horned owl named ‘Athena’ is viewable at The University of Texas at Austin center and field station.

A great horned owl perches on a tree branch.

Biodiversity Center

Meet the 2023 Stengl-Wyer Scholars, Fellows and Grant Awardees

Three postdoctoral fellows, four graduate students and numerous labs at UT and the Wildflower Center received awards this year.

A scientist kneels in a tree-lined area with marked gardens near equipment as he measures the rate of calcium carbonate precipitation in the soil.


McDonald Observatory Invites Ecological Research as a Texas Field Station

The observatory joins a network of six University of Texas sites dedicated to scientific research, environmental monitoring and conservation efforts.

Two telescope domes sit atop a mountain with more peaks in the distance


Philanthropic Gift Establishes Historic UT Commitment to Monitoring Texas’ Natural Resources

A transformative donation allows for the expansion of a Texas Field Station Network to study biodiversity and sustainability.

A young man in a hat holding equipment leads a group of students down a creek at a Hill Country-based field station


Newly Opened Patton Center for Marine Science Education Offers Opportunities to Explore

A newly renovated and reimagined space for exploring the science of marine life and ecosystems is now open to the public, free of charge, on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.

Two young children play at an exhibit that shows underwater sea life on a screen


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Receives Field Station Designation

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has been integral for UT Austin's involvement in life sciences research.

A building with a cafe and plants and visitors at the Wildflower Center

UT News

Gift to UT Austin Will Advance Programs in Biodiversity and Ecology

A generous estate gift to The University of Texas at Austin from alumna and former physician Lorraine “Casey” Stengl will have a dramatic impact on educational efforts and scientific research examining plants, animals and their interactions with the natural world.

Casey Stengl holds a framed montage of plants and outdoor areas

Jackson School of Geosciences

Jackson School Turning Hill Country Ranch into Field Site of the Future

The White Family Outdoor Learning Center at The University of Texas at Austin is part of a planned, growing network of field sites used by geoscientists.

A live oak tree and windmill are prominent in a bucolic Texas scene as gentle clouds cross the sky.