Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center

Bird and Bat House Sale!

Bird and Bat House Sale!

Build your own bird or bat house and support your local university and wildlife. Proceeds benefit the UMSL Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA).

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Dr. Patricia Parker will be presenting "From the Suburbs of the US to the Wilds of Galapagos: Making a Difference for Wildlife" at The Green Center on May 3rd at 6 p.m.

NEW scholarship announced!

NEW scholarship announced!

The Whitney R. Harris Community Scholarships is available to undergrad and graduate students in ANY field looking to conduct research in conservation biology.

2016 Jane and Whitney Harris lecture recap

2016 Jane and Whitney Harris lecture recap

"Now or never, says Harris lecturer on addressing climate change"

2015 World Ecology Award Gala

2015 World Ecology Award Gala

Robert Bateman, world-renowned wildlife artist, received the 21st World Ecology Award on November 21 at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Alumni in the News

Alumni in the News

Harris Center alumna Corinne Kozlowski, lead endocrinologist at the St. Louis Zoo, was featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

Dr. Jaqueline Goerck (PhD 1999) former president-director of SAVE Brasil from 2004 to 2015, recently became president of the directing board.

Bird and Bat House Sale!
Upcoming Events
NEW scholarship announced!
2016 Jane and Whitney Harris lecture recap
2015 World Ecology Award Gala
Alumni in the News
Where Are They Now?


What is the Harris Center?

The Harris World Ecology Center (HWEC), through a unique set of partnerships, promotes research and training in basic ecology and biodiversity conservation across the globe, and increases public awareness and interest in issues relating to global natural resource conservation. The center is housed within the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri St. Louis, and works closely with The Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo.

              


Student Support

The Harris Center offers Fellowships and Scholarships to graduate students whose studies relate to conservation. These include fully-funded Christensen Fellowships for Ph.D. or masters students who plan to take on decision-making positions in regions and countries where biodiversity is threatened. The center also provides training in conservation implementation via undergraduate and graduate certificate programs that place students with local, national, and international conservation NGOs and government agencies.


Awards and Events

The Harris Center presents the World Ecology Award to eminent individuals who have made significant contributions to the protection of the global environment and to a better understanding of the balance between human habitation and the Earth's biodiversity. The first World Ecology Award was presented in 1990 to recording artist, film star and activist John Denver, who accepted the award at the Center's first major event, a World Ecology Day held on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. Since that time, the Harris Center has presented the award to nineteen individuals.

john denver Jacques Cousteau Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Paul Ehrlich President Jose Figueres
Richard Leakey Jane Goodall Ted Turner Brundtland Harrison Ford
Teresa Heinz Prince of Wales David Rockefeller Jr. Kathryn Fuller Peter Raven
Bverly and Dereck Joubert David Western Howard Buffett Prince Albert II of Monaco

In addition to the presentations of the World Ecology Award, the Harris Center hosts outreach events in Saint Louis, including the Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture Series and the Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum.


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