HistoryThe history of the Colorado Plateau Biodiversity Center (CPBC) begins with the energy and vision of the many Northern Arizona University faculty members in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Geology, Environmental Sciences, and the School of Forestry who in the 1920s started life sciences collections. Today, these collections are the foundation of CPBC’s seven divisions. Over time, the collections grew through the addition of specimens by faculty members and their students as the result of teaching and research activities as well as through donations. In 2008, Northern Arizona University and the Arizona Board of Regents established the CPBC to focus on biodiversity teaching and research. Specifically, the CPBC strives to:
- collect and document species of the Colorado Plateau and comparative species from other regions;
- interpret the natural world through education, research, and public programs;
- promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of the Colorado Plateau; and
- inspire a respect for biodiversity and the environment in all people.