The Center for Conservation and Biodiversity was established in 1993 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Connecticut as a cooperative effort the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, and the Geological and Natural History Survey of the Connecticut State Department of Environmental Protection. Its mission is to protect the diversity of life through education, training, and research in ecology, evolutionary biology, and systematics - disciplines that are the foundation of sound conservation practice.
One of the primary goals of the Center is to provide financial support for graduate student training in ecology, evolutionary biology, and systematics. Towards that end the Center is working with several private foundations and corporations to establish research fellowships for graduate students, to fund an annual research award competition for graduate students, and to provide additional support for graduate student travel to professional meetings.
The Center sponsors aColloquium in Conservation and Biodiversitythat brings four or five distinguished scholars to campus earch year with funds provided by a local corporation. It is working with several private foundations to establish a visiting guest professorship series that will invite faculty from other institutions to visit for an extended period and offer a specialized seminar on topics not normally covered in our curriculum.
In addition to these activities, which are focused on strengthening biological research and education at the University of Connecticut, the Center works to promote public support for conservation through its public outreach programs. It coordinates an annual workshop in conservation biology designed to bring the latest research advances to the conservation professionals working in local, state, federal, and private conservation organizations, and it sponsors occasional public lectures designed to acquaint non-scientists with the diversity of life and the extent to which human well-being depends on that diversity.
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