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