1st Meeting: Memphis-Area Biodiversity Researchers & Educators

November 13, 2020

(next meeting, January 29, 2021 @ 12-1pm)

Summary: The University of Memphis Center for Biodiversity Research (CBio; www.umbiodiversity.org) hosted a 30-minute zoom meeting on Friday, Nov. 13 at 12pm to discuss opportunities, interests, and needs for collaborative research, outreach, and education (including internships & workforce development) in biodiversity science and education with representatives from Memphis-area organizations.

Why? We seek to organize and better connect biodiversity researchers, educators, and employers in the Memphis area in order to identify new opportunities for research, education, and workforce development, and to match the needs of stakeholders with opportunities available through local companies, colleges and universities, state and local government, NGOs, and other organizations.

Organizations Represented (26 individuals attended):

Christian Brothers University

City of Memphis, Division of Public Works

LeMoyne-Owen College

Lichterman Nature Center

Memphis Zoo

Overton Park Conservancy

Pink Palace Museum

Rhodes College

Shelby County Schools

Strawberry Plains Mississippi Audubon Center

State of Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

T.O. Fuller State Park

University of Memphis Department of Biological Sciences

University of Memphis Agriculture & Food Technology Research Cluster


Wolf River Conservancy

Future Meetings: Held once monthly from 12-1pm on Friday’s. Each meeting will cover the following topics (one per meeting).

  • January 29, 2021: Workforce Development: (jobs, job shadowing, internships, other training, etc.)

  • Research (collaborative research/proposals, funding opportunities, research on property, research facilities/resources, etc.)

  • Upcoming, date TBD: Engagement with Higher Education: (curriculum development, teaching on property, teaching facilities/resources, etc.)

  • Upcoming, date TBD: Outreach & Other Broader Impacts: (collaborative programs, outreach on property, outreach facilities/resources, etc.)

  • Upcoming, date TBD: Other Topics: TBD; suggestions welcome

Interested in attending a future meeting? Contact us at the email address below.

Interests, Opportunities, & Needs (example from CBio):


Who we are: University of Memphis Center for Biodiversity Research (CBio; www.umbiodiversity.org)


Interests (what we do, why we are here):

  • Enhance & expand biodiversity research and education

  • Establish relationships with research & education partners & stakeholders

  • Inform & inspire biodiversity awareness, sustainable management & conservation

  • Translate biodiversity information to science & society

  • Provide an intellectually vibrant community for biodiversity researchers and educators


Opportunities (for the community*):

*Competitively awarded small grants for collaborative work in biodiversity science and education are available to University of Memphis CBio faculty, postdocs, and students collaborating with area organizations


Needs (from the community):

New opportunities/partners for collaborative research and education in biodiversity science, and career development and employment opportunities for our graduates. Biodiversity scientists, educators, and employers willing to mentor UofM undergraduate and graduate students via internships, job shadowing, and other education/job training (unpaid, paid, course credit).

Contact Person: To learn more about these and other opportunities contact Dr. Duane McKenna

Contact Us

Center for Biodiversity Research (CBio)

3774 Walker Avenue

Memphis, TN 38111 USA