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Boosting World-class Biodiversity Research


Supporting research that’s leading the effort to understand how the loss of biodiversity is affecting our planet.

UBC’s Biodiversity Research Centre brings together a team of world-renowned scientists from zoology, botany, earth and ocean sciences, microbiology and forest sciences. Together, they conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research into a range of topics, including the impact of global warming on ecosystems, how species evolve, the affect of human activity on biodiversity, and finding ways to safeguard ecosystems and minimize the loss of biodiversity.

The Centre's scientists and their graduate students have worked in less than ideal conditions for many years—researchers are currently spread across campus in aging facilities and outdated laboratories.

Thanks to major support from the Canadian Fund for Innovation, the BC Knowledge Development Fund and the Beaty family, the Centre now has a new home. In 2010, the Beaty Biodiversity Centre opened its doors to provide leading edge laboratories and equipment, as well as much needed meeting, graduate teaching and office space. The building is designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, for example all four floors of laboratories are open-concept.

By bringing high-profile focus to biodiversity, the Research Centre is attracting the best and brightest senior researchers and young scientists to UBC - ensuring they will lead ground-breaking biodiversity research into the future.

Your support can help UBC scientists answer important questions about biodiversity. How is climate change impacting species and ecosystems? How do species adapt in an increasingly fragmented environment? How do new species form? What species surround us, and which are at greatest risk of extinction?

Your support can also help establish student scholarships and research fellowships, support our internship program, and ensure that students committed to this exciting area of science can carry out their ground-breaking research.

How You Can Help

Please contact the Development Office at 604.822.3404 for more information about how you can help bring together world-class biodiversity research and natural history .

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