Saturday, June 25, 2011

Biosphere 2 donated to UA along with $20 million

correction 6-26-11: I initially said Texas oil billionaire Ed Bass will donate the Biosphere 2 complex to the University of Arizona next week.

In fact, Biosphere 2 is owned by CDO Ranching and Development Co. which is making the donation of the facilities. Ed's foundation is providing $20 million for operations.

The Tucson Weekly reports:

The UA College of Science will receive 40 acres around Biosphere 2, including a conference center and a collection of casitas.

Bass’ Philecology Foundation will also give the UA a $20 million grant to cover the cost of running the facility in future years, according to UA sources.

1 comment:

  1. We are very excited to be a permanent part of the University of Arizona. The faculty of Biosphere 2 is a diverse group of young faculty that study a wide range of earth sciences, not just at Biosphere 2, but at field sites and with collaborators around the world.