This is an informal, online session where anyone is welcome to bring their questions or ideas about using tools such as the iDigBio API (Application Programming Interface) to work with biodiversity occurrence data in R. Community members of all backgrounds (collections staff, researchers, IT, etc.) and levels of programming experience (including R novice) are encouraged to use these office hours as a time to discover and discuss API data access, issues, and solutions.
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: Aaron Goodman, Graduate Student Department of Entomology, California Academy of Sciences.
For the third straight year, iDigBio hosted a full-day workshop on research methods using digitized herbarium specimen data at the annual Botany conference (Botany 2016, Savannah, GA), sponsored by the Botanical Society of America and its affiliated societies. After successful workshops on Georeferencing (
Island Biology and iDigBio - expanding the role of biological specimens in evolution, ecology, and island conservation research
Preserving historic bee specimens to protect future bee biodiversity
-- Contributed by Joan Meiners, PhD Student, Ernest Lab, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida
For my PhD research in Dr. Morgan Ernest's lab at the University of Florida, I am using large datasets of occurrence records of native bees and their habitat associations to try to understand native bee biodiversity and foraging patterns...read more here.
An iDigBio-hosted Symposium at the International Botanical Congress in Shenzhen, China
Who could resist a conference where the mascot is a giant bright red Rafflesia flower, where bagpipes serenade the participants, and kilt-wearing and traditional folk dancing are encouraged, along with stimulating science? The 10th International Flora Malesiana Symposium was hosted by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland between 11-15 July 2016.
UPDATE: Good News! Several symposia at SPNHC 2016 will be broadcast live - so you can listen in from all over the world. Stay tuned for details, watch twitter, facebook, and these iDigBio pages.
UPDATE. We had over 27 abstracts submitted for a symposium with 9 slots. So, we added an additional symposium titled: Digitizing and Imaging Collections: New Methods, Ideas, and Uses.
From Libby Ellwood (iDigBio Post Doc) and Deb Paul (iDigBio Data Specialist)
We're headed for ICE 2016, the XXV International Congress of Entomology, September 25 - 30, 2016.
Sneak Preview of talks on the Data Without Borders (DwB) Symposium Wiki.
Symposium Date and Time: Monday 26 Sept, 130-530 EDT
in progress: Logistics to arrange broadcasting and recording of this symposium. Stay Tuned! for details.
By: Deb Paul, Shari Ellis, Andréa Matsunaga, Blaine Marchant
SPNHC Symposium Title: Specimens Full Circle - Collection to Digitization to Data Use
Listen in and chat remotely: http://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/spnhc2015sfc (use headset for best experience)
Wednesday May 20th, 2015, all day 8:50am - 5: 30pm EDT and Thursday May 21st from 8:50am-12:10pm EDT.
The 2015 ESA Annual Meeting theme is Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA’s Centennial. iDigBio travels to Baltimore Maryland and the Baltimore Convention Center for the 100th meeting of the ESA. From the ESA website: