Welcome to the Southwest Biological Science Center
Welcome to the Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC), the newest of the 17 science centers that are a part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Biological Resources Discipline.
Ecological Diversity in the Southwest
The Southwest is one of the most ecologically rich and diverse areas of the United States. In Arizona alone, ecosystems vary from Sonoran and Mojave desert habitats to alpine tundra atop the San Francisco Peaks. Similar topographic and ecologic diversity is exhibited throughout the region, including Utah. Along with its spectacular natural values, the southwest is also home to explosive population growth. This growth leads to increased competition for natural resources, especially water.