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Biodiversity Center website

Home to one of the largest and most diverse systematics collections in the country with over 9 million specimens and to world-class field stations, the Biodiversity Center provides scientists with opportunities to interact with and learn from millions of preserved specimens, living organisms and ecosystems. Within the Center, you’ll find:

  • an herbarium with more than a million specimens of plants—the largest collection of its kind in the southwestern United States and the fifth-largest nationally at a university. A set
  • biodiversity collections featuring large and diverse groups of organisms from Texas and around the world, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects, a variety of arthropods and other invertebrates with many specimens dating back to the 1930s
  • the Genetic Resources Collection, which houses samples and extracted DNA from specimens in the collections
  • the Brackenridge Field Laboratory comprised of areas of rich natural vegetation which include a native bluestem prairie, old pasture land, former quarry, Firefly Meadow, Pecan Bottoms, Colorado River and juniper woodlands; and
  • the Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station has pine oak woodlands and savanna and is located just outside of Austin in a classic rural field station setting.
Atkinson, Thomas
Thomas H Atkinson
Volunteer
systematics and biogeography of Neotropical bark and ambrosia beetles.
512-232-1896
LAC 1.314
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Baker, Brett J No
Brett J Baker
Associate Professor
Microbial diversity, ecology, and evolution
Behr, Whitney No
Whitney L Behr
Teaching Assistant IB, Fall 2021 Graduate Grader BIO 373 Fowler (IB)
PhD student in Norma Fowler's lab interested in plant community dynamics and fire
CANNATELLA, DAVID Yes
David Cannatella
Professor, Associate Director (Academic)
Systematics, phylogenomics, evolution of amphibians and reptiles
512-453-1620
PAT 121A
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Casarez, Melissa
Melissa J Casarez
Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate I (4216)
Physical and postal address: University of Texas, Texas Natural History Collections 10100 Burnet Rd., PRC176/R4000 Austin, Texas 78758-4445
512-475-8171
LSF
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COHEN, ADAM
Adam E Cohen
Collection Manager
Physical and postal address: University of Texas, Texas Natural History Collections 10100 Burnet Rd., PRC176/R4000 Austin, Texas 78758-4445
512-471-4823
LSF
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CUMMINGS, MOLLY E No
Molly E Cummings
Professor
Evolution of Conspicuous Signals. Mechanisms of Crypsis. Neural Mechanisms of Mate Choice.
512-232-6243
PAT 502
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Devitt, Tom No
Thomas J Devitt
Assistant Professor of Practice, Research Scientist
GARRETT, GARY P
Gary P Garrett
Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate IV
Physical and postal address: University of Texas, Texas Natural History Collections 10100 Burnet Rd., PRC176/R4000 Austin, Texas 78758-4445
830-377-5770
PAT
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GILBERT, LAWRENCE E
512-471-2825
PAT 440
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Greene, Harry No
Harry W Greene
Adjunct Professor
Vertebrate natural history; ecology, evolution, and conservation
Hawkes, Christine V No
Christine V Hawkes
Adjunct Professor
Plant-microbe interactions, community ecology, ecosystem ecology
Hendrickson, Dean
Dean Hendrickson
Curator, Ichthyology
Physical and postal address: University of Texas, Texas Natural History Collections 10100 Burnet Rd., PRC176/R4000 Austin, Texas 78758-4445
512-471-9774
LSF 1.322
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HILLIS, DAVID M
David M Hillis
Professor, Director (Academic)
Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professorship in Natural Sciences

Molecular evolution, phylogenetics, and systematics
512-471-5661
PAT 132
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JANSEN, ROBERT
Robert K Jansen
Professor, Director (Academic)
Sidney F. and Doris Blake Centennial Professorship in Systematic Botany and the Blake Collection

Plant molecular evolution, comparative genomics, plant systematics
512-471-8827
BIO 212
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JHA, SHALENE
Shalene Jha
Associate Professor
Jean Andrews Centennial Faculty Fellowship in Tropical and Economic Botany

JONES, NATHAN T
Nathan T Jones
Research Associate
512-471-2825
PAT
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JUENGER, THOMAS E
Thomas E Juenger
Professor
C. L. Lundell Chair of Systematic Botany | Billy Carr Distinguished Teaching Fellowship

512-232-5751
PAT
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Keitt, Tim No
Timothy H Keitt
Professor
The William H. and Gladys G. Reeder Fellowship in Ecology

Theoretical and computational ecology, landscapes and conservation
512-471-5004
BIO 223B
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Kubik, Tristan No
Tristan D Kubik
Graduate Student Fellow - Mueller Lab
Yikes! Who let him out of the insectary? Get that entomologist back where he belongs before we all get into trouble.
LaDuc, Travis J
Travis J Laduc
Curator, Herpetology, Assistant Professor of Instruction
512-475-6339
PAT
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LINDER, CRAIG R
Craig R Linder
Associate Professor
512-471-7825
BIO 110A
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Martin, Floyd D.
Floyd D Martin
Collection Associate
Doug is a retired, former Clark Hubbs Ph.D. student with extensive knowledge of fishes of Texas, and now a dedicated and invaluable asset
512-471-9774
LSF
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MAUSETH, JAMES D No
James D Mauseth
Professor Emeritus
Moran, Nancy
Nancy A Moran
Professor
Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Chair

Insect and bacterial genomics and evolution, Symbiosis
512-232-5701
NMS 4.232A
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MUELLER, ULRICH G
Ulrich G Mueller
Professor
William Morton Wheeler-Lost Pines Professorship

Ochman, Howard No
Howard Ochman
Professor
Joseph J. & Jeanne M. Lagowski Regents Professorship in Molecular Bioscience

512-232-5666
NMS
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PANERO, JOSE L
Jose L Panero
Associate Professor, Associate Director (Academic)
512-232-1990
BIO
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PHELPS, STEVEN M
512-475-6304
PAT 22
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Plowes, Rob
Robert Plowes
Research Scientist
Host-parasite-microbe interactions, invasive species
512-471-2825
PAT
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REDDELL, JAMES R
James R Reddell
Volunteer - Wild Lab
RYAN, MICHAEL J
Michael J Ryan
Professor
Clark Hubbs Regents Professorship in Zoology

512-554-2433
PAT 107
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Wild, Alexander
Alex Wild
Curator of Entomology, Lecturer
Taxonomy, diversity, and evolution of insects.
512-232-1896
MBB
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Yatskievych, George No
George A Yatskievych
Curator, Lecturer
Plant systematics & conservation, collections-based botany
512-471-5904
MAI 127
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Zamudio, Kelly No
Kelly R Zamudio
Professor
Population biology, population genetics, systematics, disease ecology and evolution, and the genetics of conservation.