UH Coastal Center


The Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education

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.

Short video about the UH Coastal Center


Current research (see Research for more information) at the UHCC includes:

  • Prairie ecology
  • Coastal ecology
  • Micrometeorology
  • Geophysics
  • Experimental evolution


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.

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