Statement from the Director
The Center has grown tremendously over its first 25 years. We have trained numerous students from the St. Louis region, from across the country, and indeed, from all over the world. All of our alumni have excelled academically, while some have taken important positions in government, education, and NGOs where they are having a positive influence on biodiversity protection. These accomplishments could not have taken place without the strong support of the University, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo, and community members who have provided tremendous backing since the Center’s inception. This five-year plan was written with the goal of enhancing these achievements far into the future. The plan itself represents a major contribution of time and effort from our partners, collaborators, current students and alums, community members, and Julianne Stone, our facilitator. On behalf of the Harris Center, I thank them all for their invaluable contribution.
Robert J. Marquis, Director