The Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center (Berry Center), made possible by a generous gift from Robert and Carol Berry, is a 40,000 square foot building housing multiple facilities, students, faculty members and programs all centered around the study of biodiversity. The Berry Center is a space to examine and explain biological diversity and the importance of diversity for the maintenance of ecological structure and processes.
The Biodiversity Institute is housed with in the Berry Center. Administrative offices are in BC 231.
The Center also contains a variety of displays and depictions of biodiversity in Wyoming and beyond. These include mammal, lichen, prokaryote, and fungi displays and dozens of photographs of living creatures in the state.
Visitors are welcome in the Berry Center at any time, and tours can be arranged for large groups.
Click here to download the floor plan of the Berry Center so you can find what you're looking for!
The Berry Center serves as a focal point for the study, documentation and conservation of biodiversity, from spatial and temporal variations in ecosystems to the invisible variations within single genes. The Center supports the education and research of UW undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff in the related fields of ecology, genetics, population biology, systematics and molecular biology, and a variety of non-science-based disciplines such as philosophy and art.
The Berry Center is currently seeking LEED GOLD certification, meaning it utilized enough green building features in the design, construction and daily use to earn the second-highest ranking of green buildings through the US Green Building Council. Read about the Berry Center's LEED certification here! The green features include:
rebuilding on an already existing site (an old log building used to be in the place the Berry Center now sits),
reusing material from the former building,
using energy-efficient lighting programs and heating and cooling systems,
installing lots of windows to maximize daylight in the building, thereby reducing need for lights and increasing morale of building occupants,
creating a green roof above the Vertebrate Collection, which includes 62 species of prairie plants native to the Laramie area,