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The Center provides a platform for exemplary training and research experiences for students at all levels of learning.

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes relies on the collective impact of multiple disciplines, values and approaches to advance the science and protocols used to address biodiversity challenges.


Graduate Certificate in Environmental Communication and Leadership (ECL)

This certificate trains graduate students from any discipline to communicate their findings in environmental sciences to the broader public and decisions makers. Students will obtain valuable training in how to communicate with the press, the public, policy makers, and other relevant stakeholders in biodiversity conservation to improve biodiversity decision-making for broader positive impacts on society and the natural environment.

15 credit hour certificate = BIO 578 Environmental Leadership and Communication (3 credit, core course) + 12 additional credits from approved course list in the areas of policy & management, communication and leadership. .

Certificate will launch in Fall 2017 (application form pending). For more information, contact Wendi Simonson in admissions at the School of Life Sciences.


Education Research

Understanding the role nature plays in sustaining life is critical to the survival of the planet, but that information is less accessible to younger generations, especially underrepresented youth. The social inequality created by this potential lack of understanding has broad implications.

CBO develops innovative education programs that provide environmental and ecological literacy.

Current projects include: