Currently, the primary mission of the Center is to provide support for, and undertake research on, endangered, threatened, and species at risk.
Assessment of biological issues related to the Edwards Aquifer, San Marcos and Comal springs
Center activities include
The Center is responsible for developing and maintaining refugia for several listed species as outlined in the Contingency Plan. The Center also is responsible for conducting research to enhance effectiveness of refugium activities and to help address issues related to habitats of the listed species. The Center conducts research on life history, ecological requirements, genetics, and culture of Edwards Aquifer organisms.
The Center is a refugium for Texas wild rice, Texas blind salamander, San Marcos salamander, fountain darter, Comal Springs riffle beetle, Devils River minnow, and the Barton Springs salamander.
Research for rare native mussels
The center is developing a research program for rare native mussels, species included in the research are the golden orb, Texas fatmucket, Texas pimpleback, and false spike.