Center for Biodiversity

The Center for Biodiversity at Temple University is involved in the research, education and conservation of species. Nearly two million species have been cataloged by scientists and many more remain to be discovered. At the same time, our species continues to impact the global environment, including the oceans, climate and forests, and these changes are affecting biodiversity. Some countries are close to losing all forest habitats, and extinctions are occurring globally. Research in the Center for Biodiversity seeks to understand how species evolved (the tree of life), what currently exists (systematics and taxonomy), how species interact with each other and the environment (ecology), and how we can save species from extinction (conservation). The Center for Biodiversity also hosts workshops and meetings that facilitate biodiversity and conservation science.

S. Blair Hedges

Carnell Professor of Biodiversity and Director