Partners & Collaborators


The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is a nonprofit science center dedicated to cross-disciplinary research in evolution. NESCent is jointly operated by Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. NESCent promotes the synthesis of information, concepts and knowledge to address significant, emerging, or novel questions in evolutionary science and its applications.

nsca_smallThe Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance) is a nonprofit association that supports natural science collections, their human resources, the institutions that house them, and their research activities for the benefit of science and society. NSC Alliance members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

ucmpThe University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) aims to investigate and promote the understanding of the history of life and the diversity of Earth’s biota through research and education. To this end, UCMP has developed two websites for information and teaching resources:

The mission of Understanding Science is to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works. The project has, at its heart, a re-engagement of science that begins with teacher preparation and ends with broader public understanding.

Understanding Evolution is a non-commercial education website teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. The site exists to help the public understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into daily life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time.

nwabrThe Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) is a non-profit educational organization established in 1988 to promote the public understanding of biomedical research and its ethical conduct through education and dialogue. Our work centers on supporting excellence in science teaching, building connections between scientists and students, and strengthening the research community.

benThe BEN Collaborative was established in 1999 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with 11 other professional societies and coalitions, including the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Since its inception, the BEN Collaborative has grown from its original 11 and continues to add new collaborators. The BEN Collaborative mission is not only to provide seamless access to e-resources but to also serve as a catalyst for strengthening teaching and learning in the biological sciences. content is part of the BEN collection of resources.


Understanding Science