Visitors to the UH Coastal Center’s “Going Coastal” event will get first-hand exposure to projects taking place at the center. Experience the wealth of environmental, plant life, air quality, coastal ecology, and geophysical research going on at UH’s largest outdoor learning laboratory! Scientists and UH students doing research at the Center will give demonstrations and discuss latest findings at their field sites. Tour stops include research wells, GPS units measuring subsidence, towers measuring air quality, insect nets and grasshoppers, prairie plants and preservation, and a look at architectural visions for future buildings at the UHCC. To purchase tickets, go to http://giving.uh.edu/cultureandscience/.
Resident armadillo. Photo credit: Chelse Prather Welcome to the University of Houston Coastal Center (UHCC)! UHCC 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.
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.
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.
The UHCC has been managed by the University of Houston since October, 1960. From 1971 to 2010, it was administered by Dr. Glenn Aumann. Drs. Steven Pennings (Biology and Biochemistry) and Barry Lefer (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) assumed responsibility for administration of the UHCC in September 2010, with Pennings serving as Director and Lefer as Assistant Director.