Press Releases

Published: 01-14-2019
The National Center for Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (iDigBio), centered at the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) and funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), is developing an integrated national infrastructure for digitization of biodiversity collections housed in U.S. institutions. The resource is providing access to information critical to scientific...
Published: 12-06-2018
University of Florida plant biologist Pamela Soltis has been appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee investigating the value and future of biological collections. Soltis, a distinguished professor and curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History, will join 11 other committee members to review how National Science Foundation-supported collections of...
Published: 12-06-2018
  University of Cincinnati biologist Eric Tepe opened a folder on his desk to reveal a flower that was plucked on a spring day in 1884. “This is running buffalo clover. It does really well when there’s some disturbance in the soil. So in bison tracks, it would have been abundant,” Tepe said. Famed Cincinnati botanist Curtis Lloyd (one of the founders of the Lloyd...
Published: 11-28-2018
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Some fungi are smelly and coated in mucus. Others have gills that glow in the dark. Some are delicious; others, poisonous. Some spur euphoria when ingested. Some produce antibiotics. All of these fungi - and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, more - occur in North America. Of those that are known to science, 44,488 appear in a new checklist of North American fungi,...
Published: 10-31-2018
by Jeff Mitchell Most would agree that flowers play an important and colorful role in making the world around us a more beautiful place. To close observers, however, flowers also play a key “canary in the coal mine” role: The timing of their blooms informs us of the ecological health of the planet and, specifically, about the growing intensity of global climate change. While much...
Published: 09-21-2018
Student award winner explores innovative methods of producing more reliable ecological niche models for highly mobile species Novel modelling approaches proposed by Kate Ingenloff, PhD candidate at the University of Kansas, could improve accuracy of maps used to shape management and policy of imperilled and migratory species, vectors of human disease...
Published: 08-30-2018
Theresa Baker It has been more than 50 years since scientists completed a comprehensive survey of Alaska’s plants. Now the University of Alaska Museum of the North will use a nearly $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create an innovative online database of Alaska’s plants. Curator Steffi Ickert-Bond credited the successful award to the museum’s curator...
Published: 08-29-2018
The openVertebrate (oVert) Thematic Collection Network (TCN)—funded by the US National Science Foundation—is seeking a postdoctoral scientist that will work with the oVert team to develop and fine-tune protocols for imaging using x-ray computed tomography (CT-scanning) and workflows for sharing digital anatomical datasets using on-line depositories. A portion of this position will be...
Published: 08-22-2018
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) recently received funding from NSF's INCLUDES program to host a conference examining diversity and inclusion within data science professions with an emphasis on the environmental sciences (Boulder, CO, April 2-4, 2019). Funding is provided to support travel and conference expenses for selected applicants. You can find additional information...
Published: 08-13-2018
By Cara L. Foster After twelve long months of preparations, the Caribbean Biodiversity Information Portal has finally been launched. Speaking at the official launching ceremony, which took place at The Savannah Hotel yesterday morning, Assistant Curator of the Natural History Department at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Kerron Hamblin, revealed that the project was a year...

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