As of 2020, the world has lost an estimated two-thirds of its mammal, bird, reptile and insect populations. This extreme loss of biodiversity is widely considered a sixth mass extinction event. With the global bird population estimated to have declined by 3 billion since the 1970s, two Hope College professors have received a grant from the National Science Foundation for their research seeking to better understand why.
Several Hope College research projects have received grants from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium.
Virologist Dr. Benjamin Kopek of the Hope College biology faculty has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award that will take him to Paris, France, to participate in the international effort to head off future global pandemics.