PROVO — A group of Brigham Young University professors in the department of integrative biology received a $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study biodiversity in Patagonia, the southernmost region of South America.

The five-year project will examine evolutionary diversifications of fish, amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans and terrestrial plants in southern Chile and Argentina.

Around 20 BYU researchers from different education levels will be involved in the collaboration each year.