The Living Earth CollaborativeTM at Washington University in St. Louis is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of biodiversity and to ensuring the future of earth’s species in their many forms.

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.


  • Seeking to promote further understanding of the ways humans can help to preserve the varied natural environments that allow plants, animals and microbes to survive and thrive. 
  • Facilitating interdisciplinary research among plant and animal biologists, and scholars across a wide range of fields.
  • Addressing the most pressing issues facing humankind – the ability to sustain life on earth.
Why Biodiversity?