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Baldomero Olivera initiated the characterization of predatory cone snail venoms. His research focuses on the individual molecular components present in cone snail venoms, which are mostly relatively small, highly structured peptides (“conopeptides as conotoxins”). Olivera’s Chemistry to Biodiversity project engages elementary school students in hands-on experimental science that encourages them to explore local biodiversity and cultural traditions through a module called From Chemistry to Biodiversity and provides students with undergraduate mentors. He is adapting the module to be used in diverse educational settings in the U.S. and the Philippines.