Advancing the knowledge of biodiversity and ensuring the preservation of earth’s species

The Living Earth CollaborativeTM, a center for biodiversity headquartered at Washington University in St. Louis, brings together three world-class organizations in an international collaborative that transcends geographic and political boundaries to address the most pressing issues facing humankind – the ability to sustain life on earth.

Call For Proposals

The Collaborative welcomes proposals for collaborative activities of all sorts that would support its mission to advance knowledge of biodiversity and to ensure the future of earth’s species in their many forms.

What is biodiversity and why does it matter?

The air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat all rely on biodiversity, but right now it is in crisis – because of us. What does this mean for our future and can we stop it?

by Environment editor

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Washington University in St. Louis

Missouri Botanical Garden

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An urgent mission

There is nothing more important at this moment in time than the ability to sustain life on our planet. The study of biodiversity provides a critical window into the ecosystems and environments that support all living organisms. What we can learn through the study of biodiversity may ultimately be the key to continuation of life on earth.

Learn more about the collaborative’s mission.