Why we need the Bio-Diverse Project

BIPOC and ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+, women, carers/caregivers, and scientists with disabilities are underrepresented in biology and conservation, and inequality remains pervasive. Despite conservation being a global socio-political and biological issue, inclusion and diversity are severely lacking. Not only must this change on ethical grounds, but diversity and inclusivity improve science and conservation work. Suitable diversity, inclusion, and role models are important to increase underrepresented and minority group recruitment and retention within scientific and academic disciplines. The Bio-Diverse Project aims to fill the gap in representation and contribute to the necessary change we are beginning to see within academia and conservation. 

What we do

The Bio-Diverse Project aims to highlight minorities within biology and conservation by celebrating the diversity that exists and learning from those who pave the way for future scientists presently lacking representation.

Each year, we host the Bio-Diverse Festival. The Bio-Diverse Festival is a scientific conference full of fascinating and topical science that highlights minority and underrepresented scientists in an inclusive, safe, and non-discriminatory environment. This online event opens the conversation about the prevalence of racism, homophobia/transphobia, sexism, and ableism in this field, how they often intersect, and how we can solve them together. This festival welcomes anyone with an interest or career in biology or conservation.

Who we are

Tanith Hackney (she/her)

Tanith is a conservation ecologist and a Masters student at the University of Sheffield, working on parrot conservation, ecological and demographic modelling, and the amphibian extinction crisis. She is an advocate for equity and diversity in conservation and academia, and a member of the British Ecological Society’s Equality and Diversity Working Group. She is one of the founders of the Bio-Diverse Festival and oversees the running of the Bio-Diverse Project.

Rebecca Ford (she/her)

Rebecca is a Biology BSc graduate and part-time Science Communication Masters student at the University of Sheffield. She is an intern at the university’s department of Animal and Plant Sciences, coordinating the ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ student audit of undergraduate modules. She is a member of the founding team for the Bio-Diverse Festival and is a coordinator for the Bio-Diverse Project.

Jasmine Trinder (she/her)

Jasmine is a final year undergraduate in Zoology at the University of Sheffield. Currently, her research explores social and ecological drivers of brain size evolution in birds, and she is particularly interested in the evolution of vertebrate behaviour and cognition on a macroevolutionary scale. Jasmine is a keen science communicator who is dedicated to making biology and conservation inclusive and accessible to all. She is a coordinator for the Bio-Diverse Festival and Editor of the Bio-Diverse Project blog.

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