Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems

The diversity of life and the health of our region’s ecosystems are among western Pennsylvania’s most valuable assets. The Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems provides an umbrella under which scientists initiate multidisciplinary projects that utilize our collections and technology to increase understanding of and contribute to the management and health of the world’s ecosystems, with a particular emphasis on the ecosystems of the mid-Appalachian Region.


Through the Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems, scientists collaborate to collect, analyze, and disseminate information about the occurrence of species and interactions among them. Visit the Curators page to learn more about our diverse array of researchers.

Projects and Partners 

The Center promotes environmental education and best practices in conservation and also studies how ecosystems and species change either naturally or in connection with human activity. Visit the Projects and Partners page for details about how we are reaching out to global collaborators.