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Welcome to the Detroit Biodiversity Network (or, Biophiliacs for short)! We love plants. Check out our events page to see what we're up to. 

Portal Information


The mission of the Detroit Biodiversity Network (Biophiliacs) is 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 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!



Contact Phone Number

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(313) 701-7354

Contact Email Address

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Meeting Day
  • Wednesday
Meeting Time

6:30 PM

Meeting Location

Greenhouse, 4th Floor Science Hall, northwest corner of Warren & Cass, WSU campus

What types of events do you hold?

(For example: social, service, brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership, physical/fitness, etc.)

planting parties, community service projects, garden potlucks, garden seminars, greenhouse hours, garden tours

Please select the aspect(s) of the University's Mission and Values that your organization reflects.
  • Create and advance knowledge
  • Prepare a diverse student body to thrive
  • Positively impact local and global communities
Please describe briefly how the activities of your group contribute to, or reflect, one or more of these aspects.

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.