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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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Earth Day Expo

The Biodiversity Initiative and Department of Biology at East Carolina University hosted an Earth Day Expo on April 21st 2016 from 4-6pm in the breezeway of Howell Science Complex with interactive events for people of all ages.  Various ECU researchers and local non-profit organizations had displays and activities available on topics related to biodiversity.  There were live animals and plants, lab activities, natural history story times, and more!  Kids from various after school programs attended as did many of the general public! 

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Exhibit at Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Join the Biodiversity Initiative at the Sylvan Heights Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 16th from 10am-2pm! See for more information.

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Center for Biodiversity Offers Panel Discussion

 The Biodiversity Initiative at East Carolina University hosted a panel discussion about non-academic biology careers f on Thursday, February 4th 2015. Three panelists each provided a 15 minute presentation, followed by a 30-45 minute panel discussion with the audience. The presentations focused on the kind of work they do and tips for how to position oneself for these types of jobs. The three panelists were:

·         Liz Kalies, Director of Science for the NC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy;

·         Wendy Stanton, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Southeast Region Inventory & Monitoring Branch; and

·         Kari Wouk, Senior Manager of Presentations and Partnerships at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

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Bugfest 2015

The Biodiversity Initiative participated in last year's Bugfest at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, which over 38,000 people attended. Drs. Michael Brewer and Tom Fink featured some of their research on assassin flies, bioinformatics, cicada acoustics, and more. Plus, we featured aquatic and terrestrial arthropods, and activities for kids. Faculty, graduate students, and an undergraduate student from the Biodiversity Initiative participated in the day's activities. Thanks to all you participated or attended! 

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