Stengl "Lost Pines" Biological Research Station is a 208 acre wild space seated in a relic stand of piney woods located about an hour east of the UT Austin main campus. Stengl BRS provides students and researchers in Integrative Biology with valuable study space and inspiration. This research station compliments Brackenridge Field Lab by adding another ecosystem to UT's study sites. The station is used by undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers from around the world.
The property has meadows and open areas that fade into a pine forest with mixed hardwoods. JD Creek bisects the property and provides topographic relief exposing the area's unique soil structures which allow for the strange flora. The fast draining sandy soil has a clay pan beneath it which holds water during dryer times. This creates a setting that allows cacti to grow right next to fungi and agaves to grow in the shade of pine trees. Such diversity makes Stengl BRS a valuable study site to students and researchers in biology, ecology, and evolution.