Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems
The diversity of life and the health of our region’s ecosystems are among western Pennsylvania’s most valuable assets. The Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems provides an umbrella under which scientists initiate multidisciplinary projects that utilize our collections and technology to increase understanding of and contribute to the management and health of the world’s ecosystems, with a particular emphasis on the ecosystems of the mid-Appalachian Region.
John Rawlins, PhD, Director
John Rawlins is Curator and Head of Invertebrate Zoology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA. The Invertebrate Zoology collection contains exceptional global representation of insects for research, especially Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) and Coleoptera (beetles). Rawlins received his PhD from Cornell University in 1982.
As director of the museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Rawlins is defining the Center’s role within Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems balances high-level research with broad-based education and outreach. Rawlins is incorporating conversations about topics surrounding biodiversity and ecosystems—such as habitat loss, climate change, and threatened species—into the museum’s worldwide effort to address these issues. Rawlins is committed to bringing the public into this process to advance understanding and to serve as participants in science.
Through the Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems, scientists collaborate to collect, analyze, and disseminate information about the occurrence of species and interactions among them. Visit the Curators and Staff page to learn more about our diverse array of researchers.
Projects and Partners
The Center promotes environmental education and best practices in conservation and also studies how ecosystems and species change either naturally or in connection with human activity. Visit the Projects and Partners page for details about how we are reaching out to global collaborators.