UF Biolink: Creating Interdisciplinary Connections via Biodiversity


Biolink is a University of Florida Creative Campus Initiative Project funded by a UF Catalyst Grant.  It is a campus-wide creative interdisciplinary project cultivating connections via biodiversity. The future of humanity hinges on meaningful public engagement about the importance of biodiversity, as represented by the Tree of Life (ToL). The Tree of Life is both a metaphor for the interconnectedness of biodiversity and a unifying theme across art, biology, genetics, history, and religion. Using the ToL concept, Biolink, is a platform to connect diverse teaching and training efforts and encourage collaboration and trans-disciplinary scholarship. Biolink will generate new activities, promote creative work inspired by biodiversity, recruit instructors to utilize relevant resources, such as exhibitions at the Samuel P. Harn Museum and the Florida Museum of Natural History, and facilitate interdisciplinary course lectures and the sharing of student products.


How to get involved


  • Join the Biolink UF Exchange and share expertise and resources. Invite faculty to to interact with students in your courses and share interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • Highlight events and courses related to biodiversity.
  • Submit research related to biodiversity.
  • Submit events in biodiversity to UFBiolink.
  • Encourage student engagement in Biolink.


  • Submit projects and research in biodiversity.
  • Discover resources and collaborators across campus.
  • Submit events in biodiversity to UFBiolink.
  • Follow UF research, events and opportunities related to biodiversity.




Drawing in watercolor + ink of Roseate Spoonbill (above), by Hannah Chelgren, UF undergraduate student in Visual Art Studies + Botany