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Published: 10-18-2021
We are excited to announce that the iDigTRIO Biology Career Conference and Fair will be taking place throughout the week of February 21st, 2022. The iDigTRIO conference is aimed at collegiate and pre-collegiate students associated with TRIO programs around the United States (but is open to all students). The mission of the iDigTRIO Conference is to provide...
Published: 10-01-2021
As of September 1, 2021, iDigBio is now in Phase 3 of its history, thanks to very generous support from NSF through the Sustaining Infrastructure for Biological Research (Sustaining) program. As the program title suggests, NSF is charging the collections community to continue the successes and progress in digitization, workforce development, data mobilization and use, and education and...
Published: 10-01-2021
  Ghost Jelly (Cyanea nozakii) Contributed by Lauren Bradley (University of Florida Student and 2021 iDigBio Summer Intern) Happy October! Halloween will be here sooner than we think. I love Halloween, but every year I have all these great ideas for costumes that end up either not happening or thrown together last minute because I procrastinate the whole month and then freak...
Published: 09-30-2021
  Museum Collections Predict Species Abundance in the Wild Scientists develop method to estimate wildlife numbers from museum records Can the number of museum specimens of small mammals, fish, insects, amphibians, trees, or wildflowers tell us how many of those animals and plants are living in the wild? A surprising new study published in the journal, Methods in Ecology and...
Published: 09-03-2021
  Dead Leaf Butterfly! (Kallima inachus) Contributed by: Lauren Bradley Autumn is right around the corner, and what a beautiful season it is! Here in Florida, we see the occasional red or yellow leaf during the autumn months, but really, all we can hope for is some cooler weather, and even that isn’t guaranteed. The Kallima inachus seems to agree with us humans in admiring the...
Published: 08-11-2021
  Digitized paleontological collections recontextualize the ecology of introduced turkeys in California Contributed by: Ashwin Sivakumar & Alexis Mychajliw Managing invasive species is a central challenge in conservation biology. Quaternary fossil records and zooarchaeological assemblages are revealing that many of today’s introduced species may have more complicated...
Published: 08-10-2021
Contributed by: Molly Phillips  Boing! Photo: Allan Hack Fox squirrels (Sciurus niger) are medium-sized tree squirrels with a long, full tail. They exhibit a variety of coat colors and patterns from pale grey to black though the most common color is reddish-brown (seen above). They are found in a diversity of deciduous and mixed-forest habitats and depend on trees for both food...
Published: 08-06-2021
iDigBio launched its new Digitization Academy this summer with an inaugural course, Introduction to Biodiversity Specimen Digitization. This free, online course focuses on introducing the creation of digital data about biodiversity specimens to those who are just beginning this activity. Instructors Michael Denslow, Erica Krimmel, and Austin Mast taught this course for the first time July 12-15,...
Published: 08-06-2021
iDigBio researchers and staff joined nearly 2000 other attendees from over 60 countries at the virtual Botany Conference, July 18-23, 2021. Talks throughout the conference showcased the essential role of herbaria–and digitized data associated with herbarium specimens–in the botanical sciences. In addition to contributing talks of their own, iDigBio researchers and staff collaborated...
Published: 07-19-2021
  The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) Education Committee hosted the first ever virtual Natural History Education DemoCamp. The goal of the NHE DemoCamp is to share, discover, and discuss educational materials that have a framework in natural history. This is building upon our previous iterations of the 'education share fair' that were hosted at...

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