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.
July 30 - August 3, 2016
International Trade and Convention Center
The annual Botany Conference is a multiple scientific society conference serving over 1,000 plant scientists and students whose research and practice span the globe. The conference encompasses the diverse scope of botanical study. Come visit us at the iDigBio Booth!
Jointweeds and Their Many Mating Systems!
-- Contributed by Lauren Gonzalez
I’m currently a graduate student in the Soltis Lab in the Florida Museum of Natural History, working on Polygonella(Polygonaceae), sometimes called the jointweeds....read more here.
Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis)
Photo courtesy of Phil Colclough
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.
Conservation. Endangered and rare species. Species distribution maps. Habitat and landscape integrity analysis. Observational data.
Florida Flame Azalea (Rhododendron austrinum)
Image Courtesy of Gil Nelson: Florida Flame Azalea (Rhododendron austrinum) and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
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.
Ever wondered where to start with analyzing a large biodiversity data set you've downloaded from iDigBio's portal or the iDigBio API? Wondering what software tools are available for cleaning your collections dataset or running some interesting queries? Finding a local Software Carpentry course is an excellent first step.
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.
Using herbarium specimen data to understand native mint distribution, evolution, and ecology
-- Contributed by Andre Naranjo
Red-Cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis)
iDigBio is pleased to announce the upcoming Symposium "Data and digital images: progress, tools and scientific need for digitizing Pacific biological specimen collections" at the 23rd Pacific Science Congress: Science, Technology and Innovation, June 13-17, 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan.
We invite presentations from students and professionals about the digitization of natural history collections data in the Asia-Pacific region and the use of mobilized collections data for research.
iDigBio is crossing the Atlantic to participate in the Island Biology 2016 meeting, hosted by the University of Azores, from July 18-22, 2016.
iDIgBio is hosting a mini-workshop:
Digitized natural history collections: research uses for understanding island biodiversity, biogeography, and communities
July 19, 2016, 15:00 - 18:00
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.
From Libby Ellwood (iDigBio Post Doc) and Deb Paul (iDigBio Data Specialist)
From Deb Paul, @idbdeb
This 4-day hands-on short course in March investigated current trends in collecting, and focused on best practices and skills development for supporting the collection and sharing of robust, fit-for-research-use data.