Ghost Jelly (Cyanea nozakii)
Contributed by Lauren Bradley (University of Florida Student and 2021 iDigBio Summer Intern)
Dead Leaf Butterfly! (Kallima inachus)
Contributed by: Lauren Bradley
Autumn is right around the corner, and what a beautiful season it is! Here in Florida, we see the occasional red or yellow leaf during the autumn months, but really, all we can hope for is some cooler weather, and even that isn’t guaranteed. The Kallima inachus seems to agree with us humans in admiring the beauty of autumn, as they have evolved to imitate dead leaves! (Thus giving them their common name, the dead leaf butterfly).
Digitized paleontological collections recontextualize the ecology of introduced turkeys in California
Contributed by: Ashwin Sivakumar & Alexis Mychajliw
Contributed by: Molly Phillips
iDigBio launched its new Digitization Academy this summer with an inaugural course, Introduction to Biodiversity Specimen Digitization. This free, online course focuses on introducing the creation of digital data about biodiversity specimens to those who are just beginning this activity.
iDigBio researchers and staff joined nearly 2000 other attendees from over 60 countries at the virtual Botany Conference, July 18-23, 2021. Talks throughout the conference showcased the essential role of herbaria–and digitized data associated with herbarium specimens–in the botanical sciences.
TDWG 2021, the annual conference of Biodiversity Information Standards, will be held virtually October 18-22, 2021, hosted by the University of Florida. The theme of this year’s conference, Connecting the world of biodiversity data: standards uniting people, processes, and tools, will build on lessons learned during the preceding 18 months of virtual interaction and collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic. TDWG 2021 will be held on the virtual platform Whova, and the schedule will include keynote lectures, symposia, workshops, demos, contribut
Assessment of the pinned specimen digitization progress of the University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection
Ashley L. Smith, Derek S. Sikes, Taylor L. Kane, Adam Haberski, Jayce B. Williamson, Renee K. Nowicki, Michael J. Apperson
University of Alaska Museum, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
This article was originally published in the Alaska Entomological Society Newsletter AKES_newsletter_2021_n1_a01.pdf (akentsoc.org)
Written by Erica Krimmel.
Thoreau still contributes to climate change research
New study uses Henry David Thoreau’s observations of fruiting times
Digitized museum specimens, such this bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis), were used to determine the time of fruit ripening. © Consortium of Northeast Herbaria.
The Guatemala Biodiversity Portal, a national digitization effort using Symbiota
Contributed by Samanta Orellana
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