The TU Biodiversity Center was conceptualized in 2007 with the primary aim of consolidating and preserving the botanical and entomological collections at Towson University. Implementation of these activities is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DBI 0847891) in 2009. This funding is currently facilitating the improvement of specimen storage conditions, databasing of specimen information, imaging of representative specimens, and the dissemination of this information to the scientific community and general public. As the largest active biological research collection in the Baltimore metropolitan area, the TUBC will fulfill a variety of scientific and educational roles, including the generation of new knowledge in the fields of entomology and botany through collections-based research, acquisition and preservation of biological specimens, training of graduate and undergraduate students, providing a resource to the broader scientific community, outreach programs to the public, and assistance to local citizens, wildlife officials, and forensic specialists through identification and consultation services.