Cosmic Naturalism - Biodiversity of the Cosmos
We have some exciting news for all of you!
You may know of Cat Chapman, iDigBio's Biodiversity Informatics Coordinator. While that may be her day job, did you know that's not all she's up to? That's right! Cat's parallel job, which was top-secret up until today, is that of Cosmic Naturalist - she has dedicated her life to explore the cosmos in search of life among the stars, and today she has some breathtaking discoveries to share with the world!
by: Vaughn Shirey, Michael Belitz, Vijay Barve, Rob Guralnick
As the hub for digitization of U.S. natural history collections, iDigBio aims to engage our community in promoting a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and actively anti-racist community. To that end, the iDigBio team focused on issues of Education, Outreach, Diversity, and Inclusion has compiled this reading list to begin conversations in the classroom, in museum collections, and among colleagues.
Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Weinell, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum
Dear iDigBio Enthusiasts,
I am delighted to report that iDigBio enjoyed an exceptionally successful and productive 2020 made possible in large part by contributions of the many collaborators whose consistent support, involvement, and input have been highly valued and much appreciated. We enter the new year eager to continue integral involvement in the biodiversity collections community.
This latest development for the first time enables shared data management across iDigBio and GBIF, in addition to facilitating a unified, more efficient, and more exhaustive list of US Collections.
Contributed by: Libby Ellwood, Austin Mast, Robert Bruhn and Kevin Love
Contributed by: Molly Phillips
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.
Unlocking the secret histories of bats in natural history collections
Article by: Caitlin J.Campbell, Graduate Assistant at the UF Department of Biology
Contributed by Cat Chapman
Have you ever been out on a walk through nature, or even in your neighborhood, and saw what appeared to be a clump of tiny leaves, debris, or lichen… only to see it move?
Upon closer inspection of this mysteriously motile clump of detritus, you may see that it has tiny little legs underneath it. It’s alive!
Meet the trash bug!
Written by Erica Krimmel.
Contributed by: Aaron Goodman, Graduate Student Department of Entomology, California Academy of Sciences.