UPDATE!: Read all about our ESA 2017 bioblitz and booth experience: https://www.idigbio.org/content/connecting-collections-and-ecology
iDigBio heads to the Ecological Society of America, 102nd Meeting, in Portland, Oregon from August 5 - 11, 2017.
The theme of this year's ESA meeting aligns directly with iDigBio's focus on enabling use of collections data by researchers, and serves as a special opportunity to engage with the ecological research community. Theme:
Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world
Biodiversity is the foundation for almost all ecosystem services. The known relationships, though, between biodiversity and material cycling may or may not inform the translation into ecosystem services. As the concept of the ecosystem service is of interest not only to scientists but also to policy makers and stakeholders, understanding the relationship between these three components is essential. The 102nd annual meeting will support sessions that focus on and explore, in general, how biodiversity is the foundation for many ecosystem services, how ecosystem functioning can translate into ecosystem services, and the role different dimensions of biodiversity play in developing such understanding.
With the encouragement of ESA members from the Natural History Section, we submitted a proposal aimed at strengthening the ties between the collections and ecology communities.
Wiki Field to Collections Bioblitz Saturday August 5th, 2017. ESA Link: Field-to-Collection Bioblitz in Forest Park: Creating Lasting Records of Biodiversity
Calling all collections peeps, self-taught experts, and researchers -- you can join us using iNaturalist app and follow our project http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/
field-to-collections-bioblitz-at-esa-2017 at iNaturalist.org
- Calling all collections peeps, self-taught experts, and researchers -- you can join us using iNaturalist app and follow our project http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/
We will also be in the booth #505 all week (August 7 - 10) at #ESA2017 working to further develop our collections connections to the ecology community. And we've planned in advance so that our booth is just across from DataONE in order to work together with them to convey to the Ecology community how our organizations are synergystic.
Please join us if you are going, and share this announcement with your colleagues who are ecologists. If you have more ideas for how to reach the ecology community with the potential for our collections data in their research - please reach out to us. If you're an ecologist who uses collections data, we'd like to highlight your research so please contact us.