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About Wayne State's

Detroit Biodiversity Network


We are the Detroit Biodiversity Network (or, Biophiliacs for short)! We love plants. 

Detroit Biodiversity Network is a student organization with the mission to engage students in hands on projects that support and improve the sustainability of urban ecosystems on Wayne State University’s campus and in surrounding Detroit communities. DBN will create linkages between the resources of the university, the expertise of community-based organizations, and students’ interests to create synergistic benefits for the environment and all involved.

DBN calls the greenhouse atop Science Hall home and coordinates the operations of several urban gardens and bioswales on campus. If you’re interested in urban ecology, environmental justice, food systems, biodiversity, and sustainability, or if you’re simply a green thumb who wants to play in the dirt, contact us to get involved!

The Detroit Biodiversity Network aims to engage a diverse group of students and community members in projects that advance knowledge and create interdisciplinary ties in urban ecology, horticulture, plant biology, urban planning, and sustainability. Ultimately, our goal is that these projects positively impact both the Wayne State and greater metro Detroit communities while developing citizen-students who are green-minded, locally-focused, and globally aware.

DBN meets at 1:00pm on Thursdays in the 4th Floor Science Hall greenhouse (located at the northwest corner of Warren & Cass on the campus of Wayne State University).

Want to learn more or get involved? Contact us here:


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