The chief mission of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Studies is to promote environmental awareness and stewardship, especially among Christians and other faith groups who demonstrate measurably less interest in environmental issues than the public at large. We will achieve our goals through:
- Biodiversity and conservation research – Faculty and students of the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences currently average close to 25 publications per year in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Our productivity will increase through improved funding and collaboration with researchers elsewhere.
- Educational exhibits at the Center’s new facility – We are in the process of raising funds to build exciting educational exhibits that will showcase rare and unusual animals within a unique biodiversity hotspot theme. The facility will be open to the public, including schools and other groups.
- Public outreach – We will share the excitement of nature discovery and the urgency of biodiversity conservation through television programming, an informative website, articles for the general public, a lecture series, special classes, and field trips to exotic locales.