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Support Diversity Initiatives in Evolution

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Scott Edwards  (Professor of Biology at Harvard, President of the Society of Systematic Biologists 2006 and Society for the Study of Evolution SSE 2012) is bicycling from Boston to the Pacific Coast: ~3800 miles across the United States.  Join Scott along the way on Twitter (@ScottVEdwards1), as Scott brings his wisdom, love of birds, and awareness of #BlackLivesMatter across the country. 100% of donations will fund Diversity Initiatives* to support Black and African Americans, Latinx, Native Americans/Pacific Islanders, or economically disadvantaged students from the US  to participate fully in evolutionary biology and biodiversity sciences. 

Want to encourage Scott every mile along the way?  Pledge per mile!  Worried about him having to climb the Rockies? Pledge to help Scott over the high passes!  Want to join Scott in his life-long journey to combat racism and support diversity in science, particularly evolutionary biology?  Contribute!

Scott says, “As one of the few African Americans in biodiversity science, I want to make sure our discipline - which has important uses in medicine, agriculture and disease studies-is enriched by contributions from diverse people. By contributing to this effort, you will be strengthening a field of science that will help the US and the world navigate challenging environmental and societal issues.”

If you donate $50 or more, you’ll receive live updates so you can follow Scott in real time on his epic bike ride.

Thanks from Scott Edwards' friends and colleagues!

*Funds will be used to support diversity initiatives by the Society of Systematic Biologists, The American Society of Naturalists, and The Society for the Study of Evolution, such as the Undergraduate Diversity in Evolution program.

More information about SSB: Systematic Biology is the study of how biodiversity arose and how species are related to each other and is closely allied with taxonomy, which provides organization to the diversity of life. The Society of Systematic Biologists works to advance the science of systematic biology in all its aspects of theory, principles, methodology, and practice, for both living and fossil organisms, with emphasis on areas of common interest to all systematic biologists regardless of individual specialization.


  • Loren Sackett
    • $400 
    • 1 yr
  • Elizabeth Hovey
    • $14 
    • 1 yr
  • Tom and Emily Haslett
    • $250 
    • 2 yrs
  • Lien Cornwell
    • $10 
    • 2 yrs
  • Gretchen Taylor
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs


Sarah Otto
Temple, TX
Society of Systematic Biologists
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.

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