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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.    


Upcoming: Friday, April 7

On Friday, April 7th, we will participate in ECU’s High School STEM Day. Biology will host two different activities to show the diverse options available in STEM careers.  

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Upcoming: Earth Day Expo

 The Biodiversity Initiative and Department of Biology at East Carolina University will host an Earth Day Expo on April 11th from 4-6pm in the breezeway of Howell Science Complex with interactive events for people of all agesVarious 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!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, or visit our Facebook page.This event is a North Carolina Science Festival event (  

Upcoming: Saturday, April 22

 On Saturday, April 22nd, we will participate in Sylvan Height Bird Park’s Earth Day event from 10am-2pm.Come join us to gain a greater appreciation for the diversity of birds!

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Prior Events

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Bugfest 2016

Many joined us on Monday, March 13th at 7pm In C309 Science and Technology Bldg for a 20 minute documentary, 30 minute speaker, and discussion about the NC red wolf recovery. The red wolf is the world’s most endangered canid and its recovery is complicated by many social, biological, and political issues. Christian Hunt from the Defenders of Wildlife joined us. 

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A Time for Science Expo

The Biodiversity Initiative participated in two events on Saturday, March 11. The A Time For Science Expo was held at 729 Dickinson Avenue near 5 points plaza in uptown Greenville from 10am-3pm.  

We were also at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh for Reptile and Amphibian Day from 9am-5pm. 

Wellcome Middle School STEM Day

The Biodiversity Initiative was pleased to attend two events at Wellcome Middle School recently.On Feb. 17th, we visited a 6th grade class and observed pond life. Even students who started off afraid of some of the animals were smiling by the end!On March 1st, we participated in their STEM Career Fair day with all grades.  Hopefully we helped inspire some budding new scientists!Many thanks to Debbie Lichti, Casey Nolan, Chris Cohen, Jeff Cole, and Cody Garrison, who helped Dr. Heather Vance-Chalcraft with one or both of these events!

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Marbles Kids Museum

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

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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!