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Loss of biodiversity affects our food sources, our medicines, our ability to combat disease, our raw materials for industry, and our overall sense of being. Programs within the Center for Biodiversity focus on the study and preservation of biodiversity in all types of habitats—marine, terrestrial, and freshwater. We prepare students to effectively address issues of biodiversity by providing essential scientific knowledge of the physical and life sciences.

Unity College Professor Amy Arnett Center for Biodiversity Sustainability Science


Broad Science Foundation

All students enrolled in Center for Biodiversity degree programs will learn field and lab techniques, as well as the mathematical, computer, writing, and reasoning skills that are the hallmark of a quality liberal arts education. Our programs are designed to allow students the ability to choose a path that supports their specific interests while training them broadly enough to give them options for their future.

Environmental Competence

As a graduate from one of our Center for Biodiversity programs, you will be able to demonstrate a competency in the concepts and skills underlying the biological sciences and will be able to apply these ecological and biological concepts to conservation. In addition to our academically challenging programs, all of our graduates will gain the life-long learning skills and perspectives needed to become productive field biologists in a variety of settings.

Experiential Engagement

Our programs will prepare you to become effective leaders and stewards in the field of biodiversity. We stimulate your natural curiosity through experiential engagement and nurture your problem solving abilities, giving you the foundation needed for your chosen field and providing you with a solid base for future graduate studies.

The Unity College Hemlock Ecosystem Management Study

The Hemlock Ecosystem Management Study (HEMS) is a multi-year study of how loss of eastern hemlock trees affects ecosystems and people in Maine. With funding through Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative, Unity College students and faculty are conducting this multi-year study to determine how the loss of eastern hemlocks will affect the ecology, economy, and people of Maine. Unity students are working with faculty to map the distribution of hemlock-dominant stands in Maine and measure the effects of pre-emptive logging of hemlock, as well as of the trees dying slowly. The results will help land managers understand what kind of forest to expect after hemlock tree disturbances.

Career Options for Biodiversity Programs Graduates

  • Aquarium Biologists
  • Conservation Biologists
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Field Biologists
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Land-Use Planners
  • Nature Guides and Instructors
  • Researchers