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.
Internships are available and the Saint Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden (including the Sophia Sacks Butterfly House), as well as a wide range of other organizations listed on this page. WashU students can receive credit by enlisting in General Studies 2991 04
Nine grants were awarded by the Living Earth Collaborative to biodiversity research projects. All projects are born from a collaboration between researchers based at two or more different Saint Louis institutions, including Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis University, and more.
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.
St. 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.