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Public Comment Requested for BCoN Report: Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Address National Challenges

Wed, 2019-01-16 13:38 -- sellis

We are pleased to alert you to the availability of a new draft report from the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN).  The document, Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Address National Challenges, is the outcome of a workshop convened on 30 October and 1 November 2018 at Oak Spring Garden in Upperville, Virginia.  That workshop was informed by prior BCoN workshops and reports, scientific literature, a community survey, and several community dialogues convened at scientific meetings during 2018.  The workshop addressed the future deployment of data held in U.S. biodiversity collections for research, policy, and education.  

BCoN invites public comment on this draft report.  The comment period is open until 5:00 PM Eastern on 1 February 2019.  Comments should be emailed to Dr. Barbara Thiers at

To read the report and supporting materials, please visit

Thank you for your contributions to this important effort.


The BCoN Advisory Committee

Job announcement: Internship with Endless Forms TCN

Thu, 2019-01-10 20:17 -- sellis

The New York Botanical Garden Herbarium is seeking to hire two paid interns as part of a multi-institutional NSF-funded Digitization TCN: Digitizing "Endless Forms Most Beautiful and Most Wonderful: Facilitating Research on Imperiled Plants with Extreme Morphologies."

Interns will assist with the barcoding, imaging, and data transcription of carnivorous, epiphytic, and succulent plant herbarium specimens in the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium at The New York Botanical Garden. Applicants should be biology/botany/museum majors or recent graduates, have a desire to work in a museum setting, and be team and detail oriented.

Applications due by January 18th.

Dr. Barbara M. Thiers
Vice President
Patricia K. Holmgren Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium
Curator of Bryophytes
Editor, Index Herbariorum
President, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY 10458-5126


Two postdocs in biodiversity informatics at Arizona State

Thu, 2018-11-08 23:20 -- bsterner

The Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for two postdoctoral research scholar positions in biodiversity informatics. The positions are part of a new Biodiversity Data Science Initiative launched at ASU and led by Beckett Sterner and Nico Franz. The initiative will develop a nextgeneration solution to overcome the performance limits of taxonomic names as fundamental categories for grouping all forms of data about living things into scientifically meaningful units. Prevalent existing solutions bundle data by names alone, without accounting for changes in their scientific meanings, which causes incorrect data packaging and decision-making. Taxonomic intelligence provides the mapping between names and concepts that is necessary to resolve names accurately into meanings despite changing relationships across time and experts. The initiative will focus on building an innovative web platform that leverages theoretical advancements and prototype software for taxonomic concept alignment, with the goal to establish a scalable taxonomic intelligence service that will carry value for scientific audiences, science publishers, government agencies, and environmental consulting firms. The platform will accelerate the growth of high-quality, reproducible biological data by driving the adoption of taxonomic intelligence metadata in scientific datasets and journals.
The position ads are available here:
Position 1:
Position 2:
Exploratory e-mail inquiries are strongly encouraged. Interested applicants should send a one-page research statement, clearly indicating their qualifications and motivation to join the project, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three references to and The review of applications is rolling and will continue until a suitable candidate has been found. The start date is flexible, with a preference for January 1st, 2019.