Press Releases

Published: 10-15-2020
  Dear Colleagues, iDigBio is pleased to announce a 7-week "Strategic Planning for Biodiversity Collections” online course. Take this opportunity to introduce new purpose and excitement into your organization. Prepare to relate your collection’s compelling vision to stakeholders and discuss long-term goals and strategies with administrators. All collection types (...
Published: 09-10-2020
Biological collections are a critical part of the nation’s science infrastructure and a fundamental resource for understanding the natural world. Without enhanced strategic leadership and investments in their infrastructure and growth many biological collections could be lost. This new report recommends approaches for biological collections to develop long-term financial sustainability,...
Published: 09-10-2020
  Illinois Natural History Survey mycologist Andrew Miller and colleagues from 25 institutions across the U.S. received a $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to image and digitize associated metadata for close to 1.2 million lichen and bryophyte specimens housed in their collections. Among the extensive holdings of the INHS Herbarium are more than 35,000 bryophyte...
Published: 08-18-2020
  What can 120-year-old flower buds neatly pressed to paper teach you about climate change? As it turns out, a lot. Nineteen botany students had the chance to dive into more than a century of California’s plant data this spring in an exploration of the nuances plant life using computer programming and statistical analyses. The class BIO 472 tackled botanical phenology: the...
Published: 06-16-2020
  A team of Florida State University researchers has received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create a global data set on the horseshoe bat, a possible source of the novel coronavirus plaguing nations worldwide.  Professor of Biological Science Austin Mast and College of Communication and Information digitization specialist Deborah Paul, along with...
Published: 05-20-2020
      News provided by The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN)  May 19, 2020, 15:45 ET WASHINGTON, May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance), and ...
Published: 04-24-2020
Professor and AT&T Eminent Scholar José A. B. Fortes was recently notified in a letter from University of Florida President Kent Fuchs that he is the recipient of the 2019-20 Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award, the highest faculty honor at UF. The annual award is given in recognition of excellence in teaching and distinction in scholarly activity. The award is made upon...
Published: 01-30-2020
[From the website. Postdoc opportunity posted at request of Dean Hendrickson, University of Texas at Austin]. Outstanding recent Ph.D.s are invited to apply for a leading fellowship position to study the diversity of life and/or organisms in their natural environments, at one of the top campuses in the country for this area of research - the University of Texas at Austin. Visit the Stengl-Wyer...
Published: 01-15-2020
  LAWRENCE — In 2015, when researchers at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum released the free Digital Atlas of Ancient Life app, they didn’t know what kind of reception the smartphone-based field guide might receive. Fast forward a few years, and the app has 7,500 active users in the U.S., Canada and beyond, despite the fact...
Published: 01-07-2020
By: Adam Cohen, Dean Hendrickson and Melissa Casarez Specimens are, in many ways, like books written in languages we are still learning. New technologies like DNA analyses, high-resolution CT scanning, and modern chemistry are providing ways to “read” the complex information stored in specimens. They tell us more about their evolutionary relationships, their health, interactions...

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