Coastal prairie

Photo: UHCC prairie

Photo: UHCC prairie


We are studying how land use histories and soil chemistry affect plant and herbivore communities in Coastal prairie. In particular, we're running a large field experiment to test the hypothesis that variation in soil micronutrients affects herbivore communities. This work is led by Dr. Chelse Prather (Radford University) and Dr. Angela Laws (UH).


We work at the University of Houston Coastal Center, which is located between Houston and Galveston. The roughly 1,000 acre property contains large stands of tallgrass prairie. The UHCC also provides logistical support for our other environmental research on the Texas coast.


For more information about the UHCC, see our web site,



Updated 1/2015