Building a global consortium of bryophytes and lichens: keystones of cryptobiotic communities

From iDigBio
Jump to: navigation, search

Building a global consortium of bryophytes and lichens: keystones of cryptobiotic communities (GLOBAL)

Quick Links
Project Summary
Current Research
Project Websites

Project Summary

This collaborative project comprised of ten awards will integrate information about bryophytes and lichens, with each other and with their commensal organisms, including fungi, on a worldwide scale. Bryophytes and lichens are functionally related as the main hosts for cryptobiotic communities forming minute "forests" that provide a matrix of habitats for many microscopic organisms, including tardigrades, mites, rotifers, micro-mollusks, microalgae, microfungi, and prokaryotes. These communities have global relevance and perform essential functions on our planet, for example, the biological soil crusts that harbor these communities form a "living skin" covering approximately 12% of Earth's terrestrial surface. In addition, professional training will be provided for a large number of undergraduates, with a focus on leveraging local resources to promote underrepresented students in STEM fields. Students will be trained in digitization and collections management, and will contribute to the education and public outreach components of the project.

Through this collaboration, twenty-five US herbaria will image and digitize associated metadata for almost 1.2 million bryophyte and lichen herbarium specimens held in US institutions. Imaging the physical specimens of these organisms and integrating data from comparative genomics, nucleotide sequence data, and other resources is unprecedented on this scale. These integrated data will form a critical resource for evolutionary and ecological studies, that may, in turn, lead to a deeper understanding of (1) how biocrusts perform their ecosystem functions, (2) the roles of bryophytes and lichens in carbon/nitrogen cycling, (3) the dynamic evolution of symbioses in space and time, (4) the historical and contemporary drivers of endophyte co-diversification, and (5) the evolution of biodiversity using spatial phylogenetics. Deep-learning approaches using repurposed digital images may also provide powerful new investigative tools. Digitized data will be shared with and other repositories. A multi-pronged approach to broader impacts spans from K-12 to participatory citizen science initiatives. These include (1) diverse digital, interactive, and object-based learning outreach programs; (2) online lesson plans; (3) science youth groups; (4) Science Clubs and public educator workshops; and (5) a series of videos using Learning Glass ? which collapses the perspectives of viewer and presenter into one shared perspective. In addition, the PIs and collaborating institutions will host WeDigBio and K-12 clubs hosting label transcription crowdsourcing events during the award period. The project also partners with Zooniverse, leaders in online citizen science, where we will develop an online platform for citizen scientists to make observations on character traits that can then enhance metadata not always on the scientific label data.

Current Research

Project Websites & Social Media

Project Website

GLOBAL TCN Project Website


Consortium of North American Bryophyte Herbaria Portal

Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria Portal

GLOBAL Portal *Under development

Social Media

Facebook #GlobalTCN

Instagram #GlobalTCN

Twitter #GlobalTCN

Citizen Science & Outreach Projects

Project Leadership

Project Sponsor: University of Tennessee Knoxville

Lead Principal Investigator (PI): Jessica Budke

Project Manager: Miranda Zwingelberg

Portal Manager: Katie Pearson

Georeferencing Manager: Julie Smith

Project Collaborators

Collaborator Map

University of Tennessee Knoxville (TENN)

Budke, Jessica M. (Lead PI), (NSF Award #2001500)

Brigham Young University (BRY)

Leavitt, Steve (Co-PI) (Subaward)

University of Cincinnati (CINC)

Tepe, Eric (Co-PI) (Subaward)

University of Florida (FLAS)

Majure, Lucas (Co-PI) (Subaward)

Oregon State University (OSC)

Uehling, Jessie (Co-PI)(Subaward)

Yale University (YU)

Sweeney, Patrick (Co-PI) (Subaward)

Duke University (DUKE)

Shaw, A. Jonathan (PI), (NSF Award #2001288)

Francois Lutzoni (Co-PI)

University of Wisconsin-Madison (WIS)

Cameron, Kenneth M. (PI), (NSF Award #2001299)

Nash, Thomas (Co-PI)

Smith, Julie (Georeferencing Manager)

Missouri Botanical Garden (MO)

Brinda, John C. (PI), (NSF Award #2001345)

New York Botanical Garden (NY)

Briscoe, Laura (PI), (NSF Award #2001354)

Thiers, Barbara (Co-PI)

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (PH)

Teisher, Jordan (Co-PI) (Subaward)

Arizona State University (ASU)

Bungartz, Frank (PI), (NSF Award #2001394)

Gilbert, Ed (Co-PI)

Pearson, Katie (Portal Manager)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / Illinois Natural History Survey (ILL / ILLS)

Miller, Andrew N. (PI), (NSF Award #2001422)

Louisiana State University (LSU)

Lagomarsino, Laura (Co-PI) (Subaward)

University of Michigan (MICH)

James, Timothy (Co-PI) (Subaward)

University of Minnesota (MIN)

Weiblen, George (Co-PI) (Subaward)

University of Colorado at Boulder (COLO)

Clark, Dina A. (PI), (NSF Award #2001427)

Hogan, Timothy (Co-PI)

University of California-Berkeley (UC)

Mishler, Brent (PI), (NSF Award #2001431)

Field Museum of Natural History (F)

von Konrat, Matt (PI), (NSF Award #2001509)

Lumbsch, Thorsten (Co-PI)

Widhelm, Todd (Co-PI)

University of Alaska, Fairbanks (ALA)

Ickert-Bond, Steffi (Co-PI) (Subaward)

Michigan State University (MSC)

Prather, Alan (Co-PI) (Subaward)

Protocols & Workflows

See Project Website for Protocols and Resource Links:





Professional Presentations

Budke, J. & von Konrat, M. (September 22-25, 2020). Building a global consortium of bryophytes and lichens: keystones of cryptobiotic communities (GLOBAL) [conference presentation]. ADBC Summit 2020, Virtual. Recording Slides

von Konrat, M. (July 6-9, 2021). Building a global consortium of bryophytes and lichens: keystones of cryptobiotic communities (GLOBAL) [conference presentation]. BL2021: Bryophytes, lichens, and northern ecosystems in a changing world, Virtual. Recording

Other project documentation