An Urgent Mission
The Living Earth CollaborativeTM is a center for biodiversity that brings together three world-class organizations–Washington University, Missouri Botanical Gardens, and the Saint Louis Zoo. The collaborative transcends geographic and political boundaries to conserve biodiversity and sustain life on Earth.
Living Earth Collaborative News
The Living Earth Collaborative (LEC) is hiring three postdoctoral fellows
The Living Earth Collaborative is pleased to announce the availability of three, two year long postdoctoral fellowships in the area of biodiversity research and conservation. Fellowships will be two years long and begin July-September 2019. LEC Postdoctoral Fellows will develop an independent research or conservation program that engages with multiple members of the Living Earth Collaborative Community
Review of applications will begin December 1st. Learn more & Apply
The Saint Louis Zoo is accepting applications for an Internship in Animal Behavior for undergraduate students
The Animal Behavior Laboratory at the Saint Louis Zoo is currently seeking applications for our spring internship program. Throughout the course of the internship, students will collect data live from the public space or by reviewing video footage using Noldus Observer XT software. Interns are expected to perform on studies of social dynamics, mother and infant interactions, as well as behavioral diversity and use of space.
Attend the Living Earth Collaborative/EEPB Biodiversity Seminar Series
The Living Earth Collaborative and the Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Graduate Program are hosting seminars on alternate weeks on Thursdays this Fall. Seminars are held in Restock 322 at 4:00 pm each week. View the Schedule of Speakers
Published 10/17/2018 in The Ampersand
Arts & Sciences alumna and St. Louis Zoo program coordinator Monica McDonald has joined forces with Emily Wroblewski, assistant professor of biological anthropology, to study monkey DNA. Their work will provide essential data for future efforts to protect animals in the wild. This project received a Living Earth Collaborative seed grant in Spring 2018.
Published 10/4/18 in The Ampersand
Parnell’s mustached bat, Pteronotus parnellii
To help determine forest restoration goals in Costa Rica, postdoctoral scholar Rachel Reid will travel to Central America this winter to explore a cave long inhabited by bats. The work is supported by WashU’s Living Earth Collaborative. Reid’s team includes Bronwen Knoecky, Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at WashU; Christine Edwards, a plant conservation geneticist at the Missouri Botanical Garden; J. Leighton Reid, an assistant scientist at the Missouri Botanical Garden; and Xinyi Liu, Assistant Professor of Archaeology.
Published 7/21/18 in The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
The Missouri Botanical Garden recently began a 2-year partnership with the Gareev Botanical Garden in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. Scientists from the garden took a trip to the region to tag trees in the field and engage in capacity-building initiatives with local people whose livelihoods depend on the harvesting of wild fruits in the forests. These fruits are abundant and closely related to many US crop species including apples, plums and almonds. The scientists believe that the introduction of wild genes into US crops may increase their resistance to disease and their ability to cope with climate change.
Published 7/12/18 in the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
Photo by Tim Vizer
The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has something big planned: an expansion of the insect lab to nearly twice its current size. The Butterfly House’s employees have “tens of thousands of mouths to feed every morning” says Tad Yankoski, entomologist, and are short on space. The new insect lab will also be visible to visitors, giving them a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes. The institution is aiming to break ground in November 2019.