News Articles

Published: 09-08-2020
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 13 Partners to Existing Networks (PENs) joining the community. 2020 TCNs: Building a global consortium of bryophytes and lichens: keystones of cryptobiotic communities Mobilizing Millions of Marine Mollusks...
Published: 09-04-2020
  iDigBio and BiotaPhy, an NSF-funded project to link iDigBio data, the Open Tree of Life, and Lifemapper and other analytical platforms to enable biodiversity research, held a training workshop at Botany 2020 – Virtual! on July 31.  The full-day online workshop, entitled, “Using Digitized Herbarium Data in Research: Applications for Ecology, Phylogenetics, and Biogeography...
Published: 09-02-2020
  In our series, "Scientist in the Spotlight" we’ll sit down with the ADBC (Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections) program's best and brightest to learn more about what makes them tick.  This month, we had a chance to speak with Diego Barroso. He works at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas as the project manager of the TORCH TCN...
Published: 09-01-2020
Written by Erica Krimmel. You may have read about in the news, or experienced for yourself, the recent massive fires in California. The SCU and LNU lightning complexes that ignited in August of this year currently stand as the second and third largest fires that the state of California has seen since accurate recording began in 1932. Over one hundred thousand residents had to evacuate their...
Published: 08-31-2020
Contributed by: Kayce C. Bell, Assistant Curator of Terrestrial Mammals at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County     Urban evolutionary research has accelerated in recent years as we recognize the value of understanding how evolution is occurring in these human-made landscapes. Research has revealed that urban-living populations have not just...
Published: 08-06-2020
Written by: Alnycea Blackwell and Cat Chapman   What has great vision, jumps, dances and can kill prey larger than their own size? The jumping spider, of course. Jumping spiders (family Salticidae) are known for their jumping abilities. They use this skill to capture prey. They locate prey, stretch out their legs and propel themselves towards the meal, which is...
Published: 08-06-2020
  In our newest series, "Scientist in the Spotlight" we’ll sit down with the ADBC (Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections) program's best and brightest to learn more about what makes them tick.  This month, we had a chance to speak with Jennifer Zaspel. She is the associate curator, head of zoology and director of Puelicher Butterfly Wing at...
Published: 07-08-2020
For the third year in a row, SPNHC (Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections), iDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections), BLUE (Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Literacy), and QUBES (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis) were excited to facilitate the Educational Materials Share Session on June 11 as part of the first ever entirely virtual...
Published: 07-06-2020
Article by: Caitlin J.Campbell, Graduate Assistant at the UF Department of Biology   When you think of animal migration, you might envision vast herds of caribou or wildebeest trekking through expansive taiga or savannahs; or perhaps small songbirds or butterflies carried by winds across broad stretches of the earth. It may surprise you that some of the most numerous...
Published: 07-06-2020
The 4th Annual Digital Data Conference: Harnessing the Data Revolution and Amplifying Collections with Biodiversity Information Science was originally scheduled to be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Due to COVID-19, the conference was reformatted to a virtual event still hosted by Indiana University. The virtual event proved successful with 494 registrants and an additional 101...

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