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 top-ten ranked Ecology, Evolution and Behavior graduate program. As an urban field lab, BFL is unsurpassed in regard to historical data, access for students and faculty (a few minutes from main campus), and diversity of habitats. Research at the lab contributes to our understanding of climate change, invasive species, biodiversity, genomics, animal behavior and evolution.
Invasive “crazy ants” are rapidly displacing fire ants by secreting a compound that neutralizes fire ant venom, according to a BFL based study.
Two undergraduate students are participating in the 2014 summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program by working with the Invasive Species Research Program at BFL.
When John Crutchfield agreed to be the resident manager at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, in the fall of 1967, he didn’t see it as a particularly long-term commitment.
Brackenridge Field Lab should expand to become a new environmental science campus for The University of Texas at Austin, members of the university’s Faculty Council have proposed.
The University of Texas System Board of Regents today (Dec.