The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes
The Center brings together individuals and groups — from academia, nonprofit, policy and corporate sectors — to achieve common goals of biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in the 21st century.
The Center integrates ASU’s longstanding leadership in biodiversity research with the capabilities and expertise of groups and organizations outside the university to ignite conversations in creative and meaningful ways. Through these relationships and partnerships, the Center centralizes important research to achieve biodiversity outcomes.
Our mission is to enable the discoveries and solutions needed to sustain Earth’s biodiversity in a time of rapid biophysical, institutional and cultural change.
We envision a world where the diversity of life on Earth is valued and sustained for the benefit of all.
Our Core Strengths and Values
CBO’s values are aligned with those of ASU’s New American University model:
We champion educational inclusion and diversity, while engaging stakeholders and decision-makers that contribute to a plethora of knowledge and applicability.
We conduct local and global solution-oriented research with real-world applications for sustainable human and ecosystem wellbeing.
We cultivate innovation through a transdisciplinary approach that transforms the way different sectors work together, inspiring creative solutions to pressing biodiversity conservation issues.
Biodiversity plays a critical role in sustaining human populations across the globe — in terms of food security, medicine, shelter, clean water and air. Biodiversity is embedded in human cultures and plays a critical role in human understanding of the world. It enriches human lives and has been celebrated in art, music and literature worldwide throughout history. More than 190 countries acknowledged the importance of biodiversity to human populations through a show of support for the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Meeting today’s biodiversity challenges requires innovative research, education, communication and policy strategies capable of responding to a rapidly changing biophysical, institutional and cultural landscape. The Center provides a unique opportunity to address these challenges by integrating more than 40 years of conservation biology research at ASU into the contemporary discipline of sustainability science.
CBO brings together leading conservation biology scientists and sustainability scientists and scholars to engage on biodiversity issues through a unique partnership between the School of Life Sciences, the traditional hub for biology and ecology research at ASU, and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, which supports sustainability science across all ASU campuses. CBO affiliated scholars and practitioners share expertise from diverse fields — including conservation biology, sustainability, ecology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science, law, philosophy, fine arts, the performing arts, design and engineering — in a collaborative effort to address the issues of sustaining global biodiversity.
CBO’s research and programs fall at the intersection of three spheres: education, research and decision-making. Our approach to bridging science producers with decision-makers is what we refer to as the “actionable science model.” This model differentiates us and is at the heart of our operations.
Goal 1 – Intersection of Education & Research: Develop new educational strategies to increase citizen, student and institutional engagement in biodiversity conservation science research.
Goal 2 – Intersection of Education & Decision-Making: Train future biodiversity conservation leaders and promote diverse scientific engagement in current decision-making.
Goal 3 – Intersection of Research & Decision-Making: Provide decision-makers with applicable research and tools to better inform policies and transform conservation action.
Goal 4 – Innovation in Education, Research & Decision-Making: Achieve an increase in breadth of and applicability of biodiversity conservation science to achieve rapid, broadly-adopted, solutions for biodiversity conservation at local and global scales.