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Resident armadillo. Photo credit: Chelse Prather Welcome to the University of Houston Coastal Center (UHCC)! The University of Houston Coastal Center is designated by the Texas legislature as the Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education. It is an environmental research and educational center about 14 miles northwest of the Gulf Coast, which contains about 300 acres of threatened coastal tallgrass prairie. UHCC aims to support environmental research on the Texas coast by providing researchers with access to field sites, equipment and facilities. The UHCC also seeks to broaden public awareness about science and the environment by supporting outreach activities with public groups and educational activities. If you would like to arrange a visit for research or for educational purposes, please contact us.
The lab and many of our outbuildings have been renovated following hurricane Harvey. As of January 2019, almost all of the work in the laboratory building, radio shack and caretaker building has been done, and things are looking very nice. A few loose ends remain to tie up, and renovations to the atmospheric science trailers and caretaker trailer have not yet begun.
Current research (see Research for more information) at the UHCC includes:
Prairie in the morning. Photo credit: Carolyn Fannon Prior to World War II, the UHCC was dominated by tall-grass prairie. The area was used by the military (Camp Wallace) during the 1940s, resulting in human disturbance to portions of the prairie and the introduction of non-native species. Go to “documents”/”history” for more information about this time period. The UHCC has been managed by the University of Houston since October, 1960.
Current land management goals include maintaining the areas of pristine prairie, and, when possible, restoring areas invaded by exotic species or disturbed by human activity.