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The East Carolina Biodiversity Initiative (formerly the “Center for Biodiversity”) promotes and supports research, education, and outreach associated with global biodiversity. The East Carolina Biodiversity Initiative serves the community of eastern North Carolina by providing educational programs designed to engage citizens in issues related to the conservation of biodiversity and its relevance to human health and quality of life.    


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Biodiversity signs

Biodiversity Initiative and Greenville Recreation and Parks partner to create signs for Greenville parks and greenways

Using funding from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, ECU faculty and students created 4 signs to educate the public about issues related to biodiversity. Check out these signs in Town Commons, the Greenville Greenway, and River Park North.

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Biodiversity mentoring

ECU students mentor local K-12 youth in science education

Biodiversity Initiative interns are helping foster K-12 student interest in science and increase student confidence, while serving as positive role models.

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Events

Earth day

SAVE THE DATE

The Biodiversity Initiative and Department of Biology at East Carolina University will host our annual Earth Day Expo on April 11th, 2017,  from 4-6pm in the breezeway of Howell Science Complex.  Various ECU researchers and local non-profit organizations will have interactive events for people of all ages with displays and activities available on topics related to biodiversity.  There will be live animals and plants, lab activities, natural history story times, and more!  Kids from various after school programs are invited as well as the general public!

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Marble museum

UPCOMING

The Biodiversity Initiative will serve as Guest Star Scientists at Marbles Children’s Museum in Raleigh on Saturday, Nov. 5th , 2016, from 1-3pm. Bring your families and enjoy a day of fun at the Museum and interactive science experiences with us!

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UPCOMING

We will participate in the A Time for Science Expo at the Greenville Convention Center on Saturday, October 15th, 2016, from 10am-3pm. Please stop by our exhibit!

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Reptile amphibian day

Reptile and Amphibian Day

In September 2016, we participated in Reptile and Amphibian Day at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia.” Thanks to the graduate students and undergraduate who represented us!

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Bugfest 2016

Bugfest 2016

The Biodiversity Initiative participated in this year's Bugfest at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, which over 38,000 people attended. Members of the Ables lab, Brewer lab, Callis-Duehl lab, Chalcraft lab, and McCoy labs featured some of their research and provided fun activities for kids. Thanks to all who participated or attended!

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