The Libraries seek to support the interdisciplinary curricular and research needs of undergraduate and graduate students, through the Ph.D. level, and faculty, postdocs and researchers, in evolutionary biology, population biology, environmental biology, ecology, systematics, and conservation biology. While these subjects have always been of interest at Columbia, their systematic study became of paramount interest following the 1994 creation of the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. The Center’s stated goal is to train the next generation of environmental professionals, practitioners as well as leaders. The Center’s undergraduate program in Environmental Biology seeks to provide its students with a strong foundation in biology, environmental science, systematics, ecology, population biology, and biodiversity conservation. The Environmental and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. program is designed to provide the broad scope of education needed to describe, understand and conserve the Earth’s biological diversity in all its forms.