The Allegheny Institute of
Natural History at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford dedicates itself to
the study of the natural history of living organisms including plants, animals,
bacteria, fungi, and protists. Natural history involves an understanding
of the anatomy, physiology, behavior, reproductive cycle, habitat, evolutionary
history , demography, and ecological status of an organism. Natural
history is an interdisciplinary study melding biology, chemistry, physics,
geology, mathematics, computer science, and meteorology. In our modern
global society, an understanding of natural history is essential in making
informed, knowledgeable environmental decisions.
In conjunction with the Environmental Studies program
at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, the Allegheny Institute of Natural
History helps support education courses and seminars during the year related to
natural history and environmental studies. The Allegheny Institute of
Natural History also assists in the administration of scholarships for students
doing summer research with an environmental or natural history focus.