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UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

The first Symposium: Collaborations in Biodiversity Research was hosted in 2017 by the UF Biodiversity Institute, the UF/IFAS Dean for Research, and the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station. This annual event connects UF researchers, stakeholders, and the public who are interested in biodiversity and invasive species research.

“We share the planet with plants and animals on which we depend for food, fiber and fuel. Biodiversity makes us less vulnerable to the loss of those organisms as the raw materials for our lives, and it strengthens our souls by surrounding us with life in myriad forms,” said Jack Payne, UF’s senior vice president of agriculture and natural resources. “The web of life is incredibly complex and can’t be understood from any one perspective. UF’s reinforced expertise holds the promise of making the planet and its people healthier.”

Save the Date for the 4th Annual Symposium: Collaborations in Biodiversity Research on May 4, 2020 at the Reitz Union