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Published: 03-24-2020
  Margay Article by: Nicholas Gengler, PhD student from UF School of Natural Resources and the Environment Early European explorers called the jungles of South America a “green desert”.  Because despite the abundance of plant growth, finding fruit or prey for food in the jungle can be next to impossible. The wildlife that live in these hostile...
Published: 02-20-2020
Photo credit: David Haring, Duke Lemur Center Aye-aye, Daubentonia madagascariensis Lemurs are the most endangered group of mammals on earth. Endemic to Madagascar, these primates evolved in isolation from monkeys and apes. Lemurs are highly diverse, divided into eight families consisting of 15 living genera and about 100 living species. Madagascar is one of the poorest countries...
Published: 12-08-2019
Deborah L Paul, Capacity Development Manager Erica Krimmel, Digitization Resource Coordinator Caitlin Chapman, Biodiversity Informatics Coordinator Overview. It took an intense 14 months and an international team of over 40 people (Steering Board, Program Committee, professional meeting organizers, local hosts at Naturalis, and conference supporters) to realize the first-of-its-kind...
Published: 08-21-2019
Welcome to all of the newly NSF-funded Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) projects. This year we have three new Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs) and six Partners to Existing Networks (PENs) joining the community. 2019 TCNs: Digitizing collections to trace parasite-host associations and predict the spread of vector-borne disease (TPT), American...
Published: 08-15-2019
Article contributed by Julie Bokor (UF Center for Precollegiate Education and Training) Using three-dimensional imaging as part of the openVertebrate project (or oVert) funded by the US National Science Foundation, scientists are creating digital specimens that can be viewed in the classroom, digitally dissected, 3D-printed, and more. In June, 2019 the oVert project partnered with nine...
Published: 08-02-2019
Contributed by: J Ryan Allen, Dina Clark and Erin Tripp (University of Colorado) This past May, the University of Colorado Herbarium in conjunction with the Navajo Herbarium, Northern Arizona University, San Juan College, and Fort Lewis College hosted a Field to Digital Object Workshop at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. Nineteen students from the lead institutions, Dine College,...
Published: 07-22-2019
Contributed by: Molly Phillips, iDigBio's Education, Outreach & Diversity Coordinator Images courtesy of Adam Fagen I was fortunate to attend this year’s BioQuest/QUBES Summer Workshop, Evolution of Data in the Classroom: From Data to Data Science (SW 2019) July 14-19, 2019, hosted at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The event kicked off with an afternoon poster session...
Published: 07-09-2019
The 99th Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration of the American Society of Mammalogists took place 28 June to 2 July 2019, at the birthplace of ASM, Washington, DC. iDigBio helped to mark this important milestone through organizing a session on broadening representation in mammalogy as well organizing the first ever Data Help Desk at ASM. Session speakers from left to right: Danielle Lee,...
Published: 04-15-2019
 Climatic Niche Modeling for Beetleweed (Galax urceolata, Diapensiaceae) Contributed by: Shelly Gaynor In the summer of 2017, I participated in the iDigBio mini-REU under Drs. Pamela Soltis and Douglas Soltis at the University of Florida, where I was mentored by graduate student Blaine Marchant. We investigated niche differentiation of polyploid populations from their diploid...
Published: 03-29-2019
Bioblitz group photo (Florida Museum Photo Department) iDigBio was very proud to be this year’s meeting host for the 5th Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education Conference held in Gainesville, Florida, from March 21-23, 2019. This year’s theme was “microbiomes to ecosystems: evolution and biodiversity across scale, space, and time” which perfectly aligns...

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