Coming Up

Coming Up

Join us at the Saint Louis Zoo on November 5 for the Anna and Whitney Harris Conservation Forum. This year's focus: MADAGASCAR. (photo by Fidisoa Rasambainarivo)

In the News

In the News

On August 28, NPR's All Things Considered aired a story about recent bat and moth sampling in Bellefontaine Cemetery, sponsored by the Harris Center.

Alumni Testimonials

Alumni Testimonials

Dr. Silvia Fallon, Natural Resources Defense Council

Piper Notes

Piper Notes

Newsletter of the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center (photo by Eliot Miller)

Coming Up
In the News
Alumni Testimonials
Piper Notes


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.


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 certficate programs that place students with local, national, and international conservation NGOs and government agencies.

Learn about available support and application procedures.


The Harris Center works with the Saint Lous Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden to engage in community outreach. In order to educate, and to facilitate collaboration between individuals and organizations, the Harris Center organizes events such as the Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture, an annual public lecture given by a leader in biodiversity conservation. The Harris Center also honors eminent individuals who have made significant contributions to environmental protection and biodiversity conservation.

Learn about awards, lectures, and forums.


The Harris Center relies on the support of donors to award fellowships and scholarships to outstanding students dedicated to conservation, and to organize community events that help these students coordinate their efforts with other students, local organizations, and community members from the St. Louis region.

Make a donation to the Harris Center.


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