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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: 03-20-2019
Emerging frontiers in phenological research Libby Ellwood, Katelin Pearson, and Gil Nelson Herbarium specimens record phenology—the study of cyclical events in an organism's life cycle—with such features as young flower buds, senescing leaves, and even bare branches on an herbarium sheet. There are other ways of recording phenology, such as records of observations and...
Published: 02-28-2019
iDigBio and the Office of Academic Support (OAS) and Student Support Services (SSS)/TRIO Program at University of Florida (UF) co-organized a free Biology Career Conference and Fair on February 1-2, 2019 for undergraduate students. TRIO is a federally funded grant program to help first generation students, low income students and students with disabilities navigate and succeed in their...
Published: 02-18-2019
Spatial Phylogenetics of Florida Vascular Plants: The Effects of Calibration and Uncertainty on Diversity Estimates   By: Charlotte Germain-Aubrey and Julie Allen   With online repositories such as iDigBio growing rapidly in the number of specimen records available, we now have the ability to examine broad distributional patterns of plants and animals.  While traditional...
Published: 02-15-2019
Mobilizing Mollusks:  Digitizing the 2nd Largest Invertebrate Phylum By Rüdiger Bieler, Gary Rosenberg, Elizabeth K. Shea, Petra Sierwald “Because of their huge collections size, particularly in regard to mollusks from communities directly subject to pollution and disturbance, mollusk collections provide a massive international resource for environmental...
Published: 01-10-2019
  2018 was an outstanding year for ADBC and, by extension, iDigBio. During this seventh year of NSF’s initiative, three new TCNs joined the twenty existing consortia, filling gaps, further spanning the paleo/neo divide, and expanding the potential for the development of new research protocols. The number of biodiversity records in the iDigBio Portal reached nearly 116 million,...
Published: 11-20-2018
The biodiversity collections community produced another successful Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event last month. Begun in 2015, the annual four-day data creation campaign engages distributed participants online at sites such as Notes from Nature, Smithsonian Transcription Center, DigiVol, and Les herbonautes, as well as onsite visitors at the world’s...
Published: 11-18-2018
Wood-warblers, Parulidae Image Credit: Joe Poston Wood-warblers or New World warblers, often referred to as the “jewels of the forest” are sought after by birders due to their bright plumage and bold contrasting patterns. Beginning in August, fall migration allows many birders the opportunity to see these often solitary birds traveling in mixed flocks. There are over fifty...
Published: 11-13-2018
Augustus Fendler Herbarium Specimens: A Locality Improvement Project A component of the Southern Rocky Mountain Flora Database Project Lance J. Gloss and Timothy J. S. Whitfeld Brown U. Herbarium (BRU) Dec 2017 - May 2018 Introduction This project involved archival research into primary and secondary sources to improve the precision and accuracy of our records for the "...
Published: 10-19-2018
Metabolic rates, climate, and macroevolution: a case study using Neogene molluscs Luke C. Strotz, Erin E. Saupe, Julien Kimmig and Bruce S. Lieberman Article Contributed by: Jeanette Pirlo “Survival of the fittest” is an age-old maxim used to describe evolution. The phrase, which itself evolved via the writings of Herbert Spencer and Charles Darwin, does not actually...

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