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Published: 08-15-2016
For the third straight year, iDigBio hosted a full-day workshop on research methods using digitized herbarium specimen data at the annual Botany conference (Botany 2016, Savannah, GA), sponsored by the Botanical Society of America and its affiliated societies.  After successful workshops on Georeferencing (Botany 2014, Boise, ID) and Ecological Niche Modeling (Botany 2015, Edmonton, Canada...
Published: 08-11-2016
Specimens collected in Nicaragua by American mycologist Charles Leonard Smith in the late 19th century were thought to have been lost for over 100 years.Through records created on the MyCoPortal, Gregorio Delgado and Ondřej Koukol of EMLab P&K (Phoenix, AZ) and Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic), respectively, were able to locate physical specimens to examine for the presence of...
Published: 07-28-2016
Island Biology and iDigBio - expanding the role of biological specimens in evolution, ecology, and island conservation research As iDigBio heads into its second five years, we are reaching out to different audiences to understanding and promote how voucher specimen collections can be, and are, used in research. The second international conference on island evolution, ecology and conservation...
Published: 07-27-2016
Preserving historic bee specimens to protect future bee biodiversity -- Contributed by Joan Meiners, PhD Student, Ernest Lab, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida For my PhD research in Dr. Morgan Ernest's lab at the University of Florida, I am using large datasets of occurrence records of native bees and their habitat associations to try to understand native...
Published: 07-17-2016
Who could resist a conference where the mascot is a giant bright red Rafflesia flower, where bagpipes serenade the participants, and kilt-wearing and traditional folk dancing are encouraged, along with stimulating science?  The 10th International Flora Malesiana Symposium was hosted by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland between 11-15 July 2016. With the theme of Classify, Cultivate...
Published: 06-29-2016
The 23rd Pacific Science Congress, successfully hosted by Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan brought together scientists from a broad range of fields to discuss progress being made towards a sustainable future in Asia and the Pacific.  With "Science, Technology and Innovation" as the key themes, iDigBio was pleased to be a participant at the meeting.  The Pacific Science Congress...
Published: 05-16-2016
Jointweeds and their many mating systems! -- Contributed by Lauren Gonzalez I’m currently a graduate student in the Soltis Lab in the Florida Museum of Natural History, working on Polygonella (Polygonaceae), sometimes called the jointweeds. There are 11 species of Polygonella, that range from southern Florida to Canada, and as far west as Texas.  Four species are endemic to...
Published: 05-03-2016
UPDATE: Wiki in development https://www.idigbio.org/wiki/index.php/Georeferencing_for_Research_Use iDigBio (https://www.idigbio.org), the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) (http://ccber.ucsb.edu/), and NCEAS (https://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/) are pleased to announce the iDigBio Georeferencing for Research Use Short Course in Santa Barbara, California on Oct 4 - 7,...
Published: 05-02-2016
For optimum results, digitization of collections needs to go faster, right? Of course, this includes addressing data quality and completeness. Companies periodically review the hardware and software they use because technological advances offer businesses the opportunity to do more for less money, and save time, reach more people, and improve and connect data in new ways. (see Moore's law...
Published: 04-27-2016
Playing with biological specimen data in iDigBio – limitations and solutions for research Puerto Rico – warm Caribbean seas, high biodiversity, and coqui frogs.  iDigBio was invited to NatureServe’s Biodiversity without Boundaries 2016 meeting in April 2016 to share ideas and resources with members of the conservation community.  Being the lucky speaker given the...

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