The Center for Biodiversity (CB) is a unit within the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University which promotes and supports research, education, and outreach associated with global biodiversity. The CB 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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Earth Day Expo

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
4-6 pm
Howell Science Complex

Our Earth Day Expo will have interactive events for people of all ages. Various ECU researchers and local non-profit organizations will have displays and activities available on topics related to biodiversity. There will be live animals and plants, lab activities, natural history story times, and more! Participants from our Biodiversity Scholarship competition will also present posters on their research projects. Kids from various after school programs will be attending and the public is welcome! For more information, please contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at or 252-328-9841. See information about our prior Earth Day events here(need link).


Public lecture: Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus

Managing Director, Natural Capital Project
Nature of, by, and for the People
April 8th, 2014 8pm
0C307 Science and Technology Bldg

As part of the Earth Day events for 2014, our guest speaker will be Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus, the Managing Director of Natural Capital Project, a partnership among Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, and the University of Minnesota.

She advances policy changes by developing practical ecosystem services tools and applying these tools around the world to further conservation goals.

A reception in the 3rd floor atrium of the Science and Technology Bldg will follow the talk. For more information, please contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at or 252-328-9841. This event is a North Carolina Science Festival event (


2013-2014 Biodiversity Scholarship

The Center for Biodiversity is launching the 2013-14 Biodiversity Scholarship program for Pitt County high school students. High school students at any level are invited to carry out research projects on local animal and plant species and present their work in a poster presentation at the Earth Day celebration next spring. ECU faculty and graduate mentors are available to assist students in their projects. Students and parents are invited to attend an organizational meeting at 10 am on Saturday, September 21 in the Howell Science Bldg at ECU.

Detailed information on the program is available at this link.

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