The Biosphere 2 Center: Arizona’s Tourist Gem

“The Biosphere 2 Center: Arizona’s Tourist Gem”
by Michael Aaron Gallagher

The Biosphere 2 Center has gone through many changes over the years. From once being a multi-million dollar, top-secret research facility, to becoming a popular tourist destination in the Tucson area, Bio2 has evolved into a one-of-a-kind scientific gem. It boasts a truly amazing architectural design as well as an incredible variety of plant life.

I have always had a deep love for Bio2 and a passion for the educational work being conducted there. In 1998, before it was opened to the public for tours, I spent time inside the spaceframe through Columbia University’s Earth Systems Field School. My white paper entitled, “The Biosphere 2 Center: Loss of Biodiversity Within the Marsh Biome (Mangrove Estuary),” later received an Honorable Mention Louise Wetherbee Phelps Award at Syracuse University.

A decade later, although the center is under new management (the University of Arizona), it continues to provide us with a look at how our world operates on a smaller scale. If you have the opportunity to visit the Biosphere 2 Center, be sure to take the tour. You will never forget the experience!

“The Biosphere 2 Center: Arizona’s Tourist Gem”
Copyright © 2008 by Michael Aaron Gallagher

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