Virtual Mentoring: Since we are virtual again this year we created a way to digitize some of that organic mentoring magic that happens at every conference through a new initiative: the Digital Data Mentorship Program. We will pair biodiversity professionals as mentors with emerging professionals and students as mentees and arrange an opportunity for them to speak informally about research, academia, careers, and beyond!
How many species can YOU find?
The 2021 Digital Data BioBlitz will be conducted virtually Jun 5-9, 2021. To participate, all you need is a smartphone, tablet, or a camera and computer.
To participate all you have to do is:
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
Contributed by: Libby Ellwood, Austin Mast, Robert Bruhn and Kevin Love
Contributed by: Molly Phillips
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.
What can 120-year-old flower buds neatly pressed to paper teach you about climate change? As it turns out, a lot.
Nineteen botany students had the chance to dive into more than a century of California’s plant data this spring in an exploration of the nuances plant life using computer programming and statistical analyses.
Title: Beyond Techniques: A Phenomenological Approach to Inclusive Teaching
Article by: Nattapol Kraisitudomsook, PhD student from the Smith Lab at the University of Florida
Title: Introduction to Arctos for Teaching Collections
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Time: 3pm ET
Presenter: Anna Chinn (Assistant Collections Manager, Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)
LAWRENCE — In 2015, when researchers at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum released the free Digital Atlas of Ancient Life app, they didn’t know what kind of reception the smartphone-based field guide might receive.