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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Recent News & Features

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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Abbott describes the beautiful insects he has caught in action with his custom built high speed photography in this audio slideshow.

Environmental Science Campus Proposed

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.

Regents Adopt Recommendation to Retain UT Austin Brackenridge Field Lab

The University of Texas System Board of Regents today (Dec.

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