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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
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BioMusica Concert: Verismo Trio

Oct 21st 3:30 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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Jul
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Carlos Martinez del Rio of the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute presents the next Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition at the Draper Natural History Museum on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in Cody, Wyo.
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Sep
09
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Scientists with the Florida Wildlife and Conservation Committee used DNA evidence to determine this fish was unlike any others.
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Dec
10
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2014 calendars, featuring the Wonderful World of Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets) are now available!
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Jun
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Laramie residents can learn about the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds that pollinate local vegetable gardens, flowering trees and prairies. The University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute will host a pollinator party Monday, June 17, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in LaBonte Park. The free, interactive party will allow children and adults to catch insects, identify the species, watch what plants they visit and learn how to attract them to their yards.
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Jul
17
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Cooking is one of my great pleasures. I enjoy nothing more than creating food that enlivens the palate, invokes strength of flavor, and speaks of refined textures and seductive and sensuous aromas. Spices, herbs and aromatics are to me like pigments to a painter - to be mixed in an endless variety of alchemical compounds, elixirs, and infusions.
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Sep
10
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The Swift Fox, scientific name Vulpes velox, is a nocturnal canid found in the plains throughout much of Wyoming. Once occurring throughout the North American plains its range has been reduced to about 40% of its original size primarily due to antipredator programs targeted at wolves and coyotes.
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Mar
27
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The Biodiversity Institute is now hiring a 1/2 time Biodiversity Gardening Intern for summer 2014. All undergraduates at the University of Wyoming are eligible.
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Oct
18
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It's a discovery that could change our understanding of early humans. An incredibly well-preserved, 1.8-million-year-old skull from Dmanisi, Georgia suggests the evolutionary tree of the genus Homo may have fewer branches than previously believed.
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Oct
01
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Wyoming is one of the last great natural places in the world, says the first director of the University of Wyoming’s new Biodiversity Institute. “We still have huge expanses of land in which wild creatures manage their lives more or less undisturbed,” says Carlos Martinez del Rio, who recently received the appointment to lead UW’s newest academic initiative. “Very few places still have these natural phenomena taking place at such vast scales. We are just beginning to explore the intricate interconnections between the land and its inhabitants, and between the different creatures in the state.”
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Sep
11
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Our understanding of the incredible natural diversity of the Amazonian region just got a little better thanks to recent work by ornithologist Bret Whitney and colleagues.
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Mar
28
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Learn about an event held to assist wildlife biologists from the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming to capture and take vital stats on deer with GPS collars for a study in the Wyoming Range.
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Apr
01
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The Biodiversity Institute has initiated is a series of grant offerings to support biodiversity research, teaching, and creative endeavors on the University of Wyoming campus. This spring the Biodiversity Institute offers three new funding opportunities. Each grant asks applicants to maximize their creativity and innovation in designing projects that test the boundaries of how we study and think about biodiversity. And each requires a strong public engagement element that moves these projects from the students and educators who work on them at UW into the hands of Wyoming citizens.
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Dec
04
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"Orchids are beautiful flowers—until you see one of them opening a pair of deadly arms and jaws to kill a butterfly who was just looking for some pollen to eat. That's what the orchid mantis does, the "first known predator to lure prey by mimicking flowers." Now, this process has been documented for the first time."
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Sep
13
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A new species of frog that can be found in temporary pools created by bomb craters has been described.
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Apr
30
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The Biodiversity Institute is now accepting photos for a contest - winning photos will be converted to ceramic mosaic that will be permanently featured in the UW Berry Center. Learn more!
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May
13
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May 13, 2013 — The Biodiversity Institute, a division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, has selected recipients of its first annual call for proposals for three initiatives this spring. The winners will receive a combined total of $51,000 for their projects.
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Sep
17
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Two new species of mouse lemurs were recently described from Madagascar.
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Apr
30
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Submit your proposal for one of our Biodiversity in Art Grants!
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Sep
03
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The Biodiversity Institute, a division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Departments of Botany and Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming seek to hire one evolutionary biologist and one population ecologist whose research programs are strongly aligned with conservation biology and biodiversity issues.
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Sep
18
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Arguably Wyoming’s most common snake and probably the largest.
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Aug
18
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From UW News: August 15, 2014 — Sarah Benson-Amram is a fan of the Disney classic “The Lion King.” However, she takes issue with the animated film’s portrayal of hyenas as skulking scavengers that are none too bright.
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Sep
17
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A new funding opportunity is available to UW researchers through the Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative. Funding is available to support UW research and/or creative outreach projects that explore the added value of open spaces in Wyoming. The deadline for submission is October 6.
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Sep
10
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Today, an international partnership announced the first winners of a new scientific prize supporting biodiversity studies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Camp Monaco Prize is an initiative of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Draper Natural History Museum, the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA. The winning proposal aims to discover new ways of monitoring and safeguarding migratory wildlife in Greater Yellowstone and other important conservation areas across the globe. The research prize jury represents leading scientific and environmental organizations from across the world.
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Sep
24
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A new bird the Rinjani Scops Owl has been described from Lombok, Indonesia.
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Aug
09
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The two-story interior wall of the University of Wyoming Berry Center was the setting for a vertical dance performance Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 5 p.m. UW Dancers Neil Humphrey, Margaret Wilson and Emily Brumbaugh used the Berry Center lobby wall as their stage, with music provided by UW Department of Music faculty members Rod Garnett, Lisa Rickard and Blake McGee of the group Lights Along the Shore.
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Oct
02
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How a marine toxin inspired an American movie classic.
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Oct
03
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Beautiful images from a deadly Rift Valley Lake
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Oct
10
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Robert and Jane Dorn and Chris Madson Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards
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Oct
16
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Check out this weeks Science Spotlight Video, "Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude" from Ted.com. "Nature’s beauty can be easily missed -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day."
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Oct
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Oct
18
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"NASA first started sending jellyfish to space aboard the Columbia space shuttle during the early '90s to test how space flight would affect their development."
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Oct
23
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The first of the Contributions to Wyoming Biodiversity Awards were given to three extremely deserving individuals on Wednesday, October 16.
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Nov
12
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Reprinted From Wyoming Tribune Eagle: Nov. 10, 2013 By Barb Gorges Last month, the Biodiversity Institute recognized Chris Madson of Cheyenne, and Jane and Robert Dorn, formerly of Cheyenne, now residing near Lingle.
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Feb
28
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What do you call a group of bees?
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Nov
12
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The first week of November, the Biodiversity Institute was extremely privileged to host Katrina van Grouw, the author and illustrator of the extraordinary new publication “A Very Fine Swan Indeed: Art, Science and ”The Unfeathered Bird”, for a series of remarkable events around campus.
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Jan
10
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Professor Craig Benkman helps UW become a leader in ecology and conservation - From UWYO Magazine | January 2014 | Vol. 15 No. 2
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Feb
24
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The 2014 Biodiversity Research Grant is now open for applications. Follow this link to find out more.
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Mar
24
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The Biodiversity Institute, in collaboration with the UW Extension, Barnyards and Backyards, and the Laramie Garden Club, publish the book "Plants with Altitude: Regionally Native Plants for Wyoming Gardens"
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Mar
26
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Download the Biodiversity Institute's 2013 Annual report - "A Look Ahead"
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Apr
02
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Scientists from across North America outlined the importance to society and called for a revitalization of the art and craft of natural history in an article entitled Natural History's Place in Science and Society in the April issue of BioScience.
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May
21
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The schedule of summer 2014 Pollinator Parties is announced! Find one near you!
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Jul
14
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A Guest Post By Craig W. Benkman
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Aug
05
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Aug
25
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Here in Wyoming, I’ve found new species hovering over ant mounds, flying around my porch light and inside my old minivan. When you sneeze, you may expel an unnamed creature.
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