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.


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Brackenridge Field Lab Shines In National Report

The lab’s national reputation as a premiere site for research on invasive species, evolution and behavior, biodiversity, climate change and drought, as well as for educa

Summer 2015 REU program

Are you a creative undergrad biology student looking for a summer research experience? BFL has places for students to participate in Invasive Species research during summer 2015.

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Summer REU students

Two undergraduate students are participating in the 2014 summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program by working with the Invasive Species Research Program at BFL.

Brackenridge Field Lab Resident Manager Retires After 45 Years

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.

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