What We’re Working On

CIB connects scientists, activists, funders and decision-makers to advance the solutions we need

Please review the current projects below, and join us today in
acting to save California’s exceptional diversity.

  • Saving Insects

    Saving Insects

    Butterflies and other pollinators, insects and other arthropods: populations are shrinking and too many species are speeding toward extinction. Scientists call it the “Insect Apocalypse.” We call it our highest priority.  CIB talks with scientists and works with partners to discover and address the fundamental causes of this most urgent manifestation of the global biodiversity crisis.
  • Golden State ATBI

    Golden State ATBI

    Scientists rank California as one of 35 biodiversity hotspots on the planet. We know California is remarkably diverse, but the scale of that diversity means it is still largely unexplored! The specimen-based All Taxa Biological Inventory (ATBI) of the Golden State maps the distribution of all our diversity and secures a specimen of everything, from everywhere, forever.

  • Supporting Local Groups and Partners

    Supporting Local Groups and Partners

    For select partners, CIB is able to provide robust grassroots engagement tools, including advocacy (online petitions, email, phone, and texting campaigns), and outreach/organizing tools (events, fundraising and donations, surveys and forms). If you’re working to advance equity and save biodiversity, please let us know how we can help.
  • Game Changing Initiatives

    Game Changing Initiatives

    The California Institute for Biodiversity is engaging in initiatives for once-in-a-generation transformational change. We advocate for workforce development and job training that advance equity, and partner on policy innovations such as the California Biodiversity Initiative and California’s visionary 30x30 commitment.
  • California Biodiversity Pedagogical Tools

    California Biodiversity Pedagogical Tools

    Using California as its classroom, the Cal Alive! portfolio provides unparalleled educational materials to teachers and students, with valuable environmental science lessons that foster appreciation of the unique environment California students enjoy every day. Books, videos, digital resources, and other materials are available through a variety of outlets.
  • “Without a specimen, an observation is just a rumor.”

    “Without a specimen, an observation is just a rumor.”

    Scientific collections are fundamental and priceless tools for biodiversity science, conservation, and education. Unfortunately, museums are starved for resources, and outdated bureaucratic systems make it difficult for scientists to collect much-needed specimens. CIB advocates for durable funding to secure our collections, and we advance regulatory and systemic change to reboot collections for the 21st Century.
  • Transformational Scientific Infrastructure

    Transformational Scientific Infrastructure

    Developing a DNA barcoding reference library of all of California's insects will secure a complete collection of insect diversity, provide baseline data for conservation action, and enable advanced monitoring and assessment. This “moon launch” scale project is also a critical opportunity to ensure equity and advance inclusion via workforce development and job training to grow a diverse new generation of biodiversity champions.
  • Teacher Trainings

    Teacher Trainings

    CIB’s professional development workshops integrate field investigations with hands-on classroom and outdoor activities, in multi-day immersive trainings. Since 1995, dozens of these workshops have brought scientists and educators together, so that thousands of students could experience the thrill of doing hands-on science. Please get in touch to suggest or request a workshop.
  • Addressing the Impact of Nitrogen Deposition on Communities and Ecosystems

    Addressing the Impact of Nitrogen Deposition on Communities and Ecosystems

    Vehicles, power plants, and other activities spew large quantities of nitrogen fertilizer into our atmosphere. In addition to direct effects, this pollution fertilizes weedy invasive grasses, dramatically increasing pollen-related asthma and allergies, fueling wildfires, and diminishing biodiversity. There are clear solutions, including funding ranchers to graze weedy lands. CIB is working to secure regulatory change that mitigates nitrogen deposition's substantial impacts to human and ecosystem health.