Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystems

Environmental change continues to threaten organisms and their terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecological systems. Students work with Arizona Environment researchers to engage in innovative and interdisciplinary efforts that lead to the conservation of Earth’s biodiversity through collaborative and community-based solutions to the extinction crisis.

UArizona is actively involved in a wide range of basic and applied research and extension projects on biodiversity and conservation. We develop strategies to help mitigate the effects of climate extremes, ocean acidification, land use change, invasive species, wildfire and other pressures, helping to support, maintain and even create healthy and sustainable ecological systems. Our research focuses on ecosystem function, conservation biology and natural resource management, from local to continental scales, using cutting-edge geospatial technologies, observing systems, data management and modeling to develop new ways to protect valued places and resources and the ecosystem services that they provide.