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Research Spotlight: August 2016

Wed, 2016-07-27 08:18 -- grungle

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.

 

iDigBio at Flora Malesiana 10

Sun, 2016-07-17 09:25 -- grungle

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.

SPNHC 2016 One Collection: pathways to integration

Wed, 2016-07-13 00:51 -- dpaul

Berlin, the Museum for Naturkunde, and Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum proved to be an engaging setting for SPNHC 2016. Conference attendees packed the conference rooms and exhibit hall of the andel’s Hotel in Friedrichshain.

Bringing Biodiversity to the National Academies Special Topics Summer Institute

Sun, 2016-06-26 10:42 -- maphillips


Day One Poster Session

iDigBio was excited to get to both present and participate in the 2016 National Academies Special Topics Summer Institute on Quantitative Biology “Lowering the Activation Energy: Making Quantitative Biology More Accessible" Workshop held on June 19-24, 2016 at North Carolina State University, Raleigh North Carolina.

From iDigBio - About the Cisco Pit Stop: Digitising the Natural History Museum’s collections

Mon, 2016-05-02 15:03 -- dpaul

For optimum results, digitization of collections needs to go faster, right? Of course, this includes addressing data quality and completeness.

Research Spotlight: May 2016

Wed, 2016-04-27 14:13 -- grungle

Playing with biological specimen data in iDigBio – limitations and solutions for research

-- Contributed by Shelley A James

Puerto Rico – warm Caribbean seas, high biodiversity, and coqui frogs.  iDigBio was invited to NatureServe’s Biodiversity without Boundaries 2016 meeting in April 2016 to share ideas and resources with members of the conservation community....read more here.

Can iDigBio be my research data repository?

Fri, 2016-04-01 11:30 -- grungle

Got research data? Need to submit your important data and media associated with biological voucher specimens to a data repository as part of your data life cycle best practices workflow? Are you thinking iDigBio would be the ideal repository for your data?

Although iDigBio is a repository for recordsets of primary biodiversity data of vouchered natural history collections, it is not a "data repository" as defined by most journals. Accepting individual researcher datasets, even those consisting of vouchered, natural history specimen digitized data and media, currently falls outside of the Scope of iDigBio.

Research Spotlight: June 2016

Tue, 2016-03-29 15:17 -- grungle

Polyploidy in ferns: biodiversity data documenting speciation!

-- Contributed by Blaine Marchant

My research for iDigBio addresses ecological and evolutionary questions by utilizing the enormous dataset provided by digitized natural history specimens from across North America.  My current project is aimed at investigating the ecological differentiation of polyploid plant species from their diploid progenitor species....read more here.

PHOIBOS2 at Biosphere 2 - practical hacking on identifiers

Thu, 2016-02-18 12:10 -- grungle

Permanent, globally unique identifiers are increasingly critical for the efficient analysis, publishing, tracking and reuse of dig data, including biological, geological and ecological information.  Practical Hacking On Identifiers at BiOSphere2 (PHOIBOS2) took place at The University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona, from Feb 17-19, 2016.  The Biosphere2 was an ideal location for a workshop - remote, spiny vegetation,

Research Spotlight: Using Museum Specimens to Refine Models of Species Distribution

Wed, 2016-01-13 12:47 -- maphillips

Using museum specimens to refine models of species distribution

-- Contributed by Charlotte Germain-Aubrey

Using distribution models are crucial for estimating levels of biodiversity at the landscape level. Museum specimens are a significant source of information for these models as they witness current but also past habitats...read more here.

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