Press Releases

Published: 02-20-2019
February 19, 2019 Dear Colleague: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive effort to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery and innovation by developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent from all sectors and groups in our society. NSF...
Published: 02-19-2019
The Systematics Collections Committee of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists has updated the recommendations on herbarium practices and ethics that were previously published by the Society in 1958 and 1973. The recommendations and considerations presented here are intended to provide a set of guidelines for proper management and care of herbarium collections. Read the recommendations at...
Published: 02-04-2019
4 February 2019 Evolutionary researcher and administrator to take over in Copenhagen on 15 March The GBIF Governing Board has approved the appointment of Dr Joe Miller as the network’s next Executive Secretary. A researcher who has spent the majority of his career at the Australian National Herbarium after earning his PhD at the University of...
Published: 01-24-2019
Are you an open data champion? The 2019 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge will award up to €34,000 in prizes to the most innovative entries that leverage biodiversity data and tools from the GBIF network to advance open science. Between 23 January and 1 August, individuals and teams can prepare tools and techniques that improve the access, usefulness and quality of open biodiversity data and submit...
Published: 01-24-2019
On behalf of the network of national Participants, the GBIF Secretariat is pleased to invite nominations for the 2019 Young Researchers Award. This annual programme aims to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students whose master’s and doctoral studies rely on GBIF-mediated data. As in previous years, the 2019 programme will provide...
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...

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