2021 TCN and PEN Awards

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 1:26pm -- jvgoodwin

Welcome to all of the newly NSF-funded TCN and PEN projects. This year we have two new Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs) and four Partners to Existing Networks (PENs) joining the community.

2021 TCNs:

  • Bringing Asia to digital life: mobilizing underrepresented Asian herbarium collections in the US to propel biodiversity discovery
    The All Asia Thematic Collections Network (TCN) will mobilize online 15 million specimens of Asian plants currently housed in the US and around the world. The project will especially focus on digitizing specimens from the unique and critically endangered biodiversity hotspots of Southeast Asia and the Himalaya-Hengduan region. These mobilized digital data will accelerate research to conserve endangered plant species and understand the interacting effects of evolution and global environmental change on plant species diversity. The project will apply state-of-the-art informatics tools and high-throughput digitization methods to efficiently and affordably digitize an unprecedented number of herbarium collections. This effort will connect and build long-lasting relationships among 25 large and small consortium institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
  • Extending Anthophila research through image and trait digitization (Big-Bee) 
    Over the course of three years, Big-Bee plans to create over one million high-resolution 2D and 3D images of bee specimens representing over 5,000 worldwide bee species, Adequate data to understand the behavioral and anatomical traits that may make bees either vulnerable or resilient to human-induced environmental changes, such as habitat loss and climate change is lacking. Fortunately, a wealth of associated attributes can be extracted from the specimens deposited in natural history collections for over 100 years. including most of the major pollinating species. Big-Bee will develop tools to measure bee traits from images and generate comprehensive bee trait and image datasets to measure changes through time. The Big-Bee network of participating institutions includes 13 US institutions and partnerships with US government agencies. 

and the 2021 PENS:

Welcome to the iDigBio community, and we are looking forward to working with you!