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Published: 03-31-2021
Right before our eyes. In our houses, towns and backyards. On our couches and laps, a takeover is happening. Cats have become the most popular pet in America. It is believed that there are 400 million households with cats in the United States alone, but their behavior is still a mystery to many people (including their owners). This is why iDigBio sat down with the best vets and researchers to...
Published: 03-31-2021
Cosmic Naturalism - Biodiversity of the Cosmos We have some exciting news for all of you! You may know of Cat Chapman, iDigBio's Biodiversity Informatics Coordinator. While that may be her day job, did you know that's not all she's up to? That's right! Cat's parallel job, which was top-secret up until today, is that of Cosmic Naturalist - she has dedicated her life to...
Published: 03-10-2021
  To Live Forever? The Mesmerizing Case of the Immortal Jellyfish By Cat Chapman Is it possible to never die, to live forever? Surely, this is a question many of us have pondered at least once in our lives. Imagine the freedom it would grant us, to never face dying of old age; to be so lucky to witness infinite historical milestones, achievements of humanity and civilization, to...
Published: 03-02-2021
  The third annual iDigTRIO Biological Career Conference and Fair went virtual for 2021, but had more sessions, more activities, and more participants than ever. This year iDigTRIO included close to 40 virtual mentoring and shadowing experiences, an asynchronous virtual resource fair, an opportunities board, and a three-day virtual conference with three keynotes, four panels, five...
Published: 02-05-2021
    by: Vaughn Shirey, Michael Belitz, Vijay Barve, Rob Guralnick Butterflies are the most sampled insect taxon in terms of the number of opportunistic occurrence records in large biodiversity databases (>1.2 million in iDigBio and > 28-million in GBIF). Additionally, as ectotherms, they are particularly sensitive to their environment, making them an excellent group...
Published: 02-01-2021
  As the hub for digitization of U.S. natural history collections, iDigBio aims to engage our community in promoting a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and actively anti-racist community. To that end, the iDigBio team focused on issues of Education, Outreach, Diversity, and Inclusion has compiled this reading list to begin conversations in the classroom, in museum collections, and...
Published: 01-28-2021
  Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Weinell, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum We often hear about the discoveries housed in natural history collections just waiting to be found and the recent story about the tiny, iridescent burrowing snake featured by the Florida Museum is a perfect example. Several Waray dwarf burrowing snake specimens...
Published: 01-11-2021
Dear iDigBio Enthusiasts, I am delighted to report that iDigBio enjoyed an exceptionally successful and productive 2020 made possible in large part by contributions of the many collaborators whose consistent support, involvement, and input have been highly valued and much appreciated. We enter the new year eager to continue integral involvement in the biodiversity collections community....
Published: 01-05-2021
Synopsis of Program: iDigBio is the national coordinating center for NSF’s 10-year Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) program, which is guided by the vision to digitize and mobilize hundreds of millions of vouchered natural history museum specimens for research. These digitized data constitute a primary platform for “Big Data” research in the...
Published: 11-20-2020
After many months of hard work in collaboration with our partners at GBIF, we are excited to announce that the new and improved iDigBio US Collections List has officially launched as of this week. This latest development for the first time enables shared data management across iDigBio and GBIF, in addition to facilitating a unified, more efficient, and more exhaustive list of US Collections...

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