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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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Center for Biodiversity Offers Panel Discussion

 The Biodiversity Initiative at East Carolina University would like to invite you to a panel discussion about non-academic biology careers from 3:30-5pm on Thursday, February 4th in C309 Science and Technology Bldg. 3 panelists will each provide a 15 minute presentation, followed by a 30-45 minute panel discussion with the audience. The presentations will focus on the kind of work they do and tips for how to position oneself for these types of jobs. The three panelists are:

·         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.

There will be an open session with the three panelists from 1:30-2:30pm in C201C Howell in which you may drop in to speak with any, or all, of the panelists. There will also be a short reception immediately following the panel discussion in the 3rd floor atrium of the Science and Technology Bldg. A few individual meeting times are still available as well, so please contact me if you are interested.

Bugfest 2105


Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2015
NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh

The Biodiversity Initiative participated in this 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! 


Earth Day Expo

Tuesday, April 21th, 2015 4-6 pm

Breezeway of the Howell Science Complex, East Carolina University

Admission is free!

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! This year’s event will also feature an appearance by Sid the Science Kid ( Kids from various after school programs will be attending and the public is welcome!


An Evening with Best-selling Author, Amy Stewart

April 21st, 2015 at 8pm C307 Science and Technology Bldg

As part of our Earth Day 2015 events, the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina University presents Amy Stewart, best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs, and Flower Confidential. She is a dynamic and engaging speaker whose books focus on the positive and negative impacts of the natural world on people. Her topics have relevance to scientists, gardeners, and cocktail-lovers everywhere. A reception and book signing will follow the talk. All are welcome!

For the evening of April 21, ECU Parking is suspending the permit requirements for the East Campus and the three parking lots at the bottom of College Hill Drive, allowing guests to park anywhere east of Founders Drive and the bottom of College Hill Drive.


Joint Statement on the Status of the ECU Center for Biodiversity

In 2014, the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) convened a working group to review centers and institutes operating under 400.5[R] of the UNC Policy Manal.  On February 18, 2015, a recommendation was made by the BOG Working Group on Centers and Institutes to.......   

Read the full statement here

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