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The Biodiversity Institute

The University of Wyoming's Biodiversity Institute seeks to promote researcheducation, and outreach concerning the study of living organisms in Wyoming and beyond.

Biodiversity encompasses all of life. It includes plants, animals, fungi, microbes, ecosystems and all of their connections and interactions.  Wyoming’s vast stretches of wild open spaces are home to astounding manifestations of biodiversity. The longest migrations of ungulates (pronghorn and deer) on our continent take place between its mountains and prairies. Wyoming’s ecosystems still house most, if not all, of the native species found when European settlers moved into America. Our Institute’s mission is to document Wyoming’s biodiversity and to communicate its beauty and importance to the students of all ages, to the citizens of our state, and to the world.

We do this through research and art grants, citizen science programs, K-12 educational programs, movies and concerts, and much more.  We welcome partners of all ages and walks of life.  Explore our site and get a taste of the incredible biological richness of our state, and how you can get involved in our mission.

Upcoming Events:

Oct, 2014

Public reading: "The Spirit Bird" by Kent Nelson

Oct 28th 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Nov, 2014

Mountains and Plains Book Release Celebration

Nov 05th 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Wilderness Art Reception

Nov 07th 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Seminar: "Ecology and Evolution of Oenothera (evening primrose) reproductive biology: Is it really just about hawkmoth love?"

Nov 14th 3:10 pm - 4:30 pm

News & Blogs

A new funding opportunity is available to UW researchers through the Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative. Funding is available to …

Here in Wyoming, I’ve found new species hovering over ant mounds, flying around my porch light and inside my old minivan. Whe…

From UW News: August 15, 2014 — Sarah Benson-Amram is a fan of the Disney classic “The Lion King.” However, she takes issue w…

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