The Section of Integrative Biology is an academic unit whose faculty have teaching and research interests in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Population Biology, and Systematics. The section is one of four that comprises the School of Biological Sciences and it includes 40 faculty who work on a wide diversity of organisms including animals, bacteria, and plants.
The Section of Integrative Biology is housed primarily in two buildings: Patterson Labs and Biological Laboratories. Faculty laboratories in these buildings include state of the art facilities for performing research in behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology, and systematics. A number of Organized Research Units are associated with the section, including the Plant Resources Center (PRC), Texas Memorial Museum (TMM), and the Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL). The PRC and TMM provide a large and diverse collection of museum specimens for use by faculty and students. BFL and its satellite, Stengl Station, provide opportunities for performing field studies very close to the UT campus.
Areas of research in the section include animal behavior, behavioral ecology, biomechanics, community ecology, conservation biology, developmental genetics, empirical and theoretical population genetics, floristics, functional morphology, molecular evolution, neuroendocrinology, plant-animal interactions, phylogenetics, population ecology, quantitative genetics, systematics, and tropical ecology. Detailed research interests of the individual faculty members can be found on the faculty web pages.