Documenting Fossil Marine Invertebrate Communities of the Eastern Pacific - Faunal Responses to Environmental Change over the last 66 million years
- 1 Digitization TCN: Documenting Fossil Marine Invertebrate Communities of the Eastern Pacific - Faunal Responses to Environmental Change over the last 66 million years (EPICC)
Digitization TCN: Documenting Fossil Marine Invertebrate Communities of the Eastern Pacific - Faunal Responses to Environmental Change over the last 66 million years (EPICC)
|Fossil Marine Invertebrate TCN|
Fossils provide our only direct evidence of past biodiversity and how individual organisms to ecosystems have responded to past and long-term environmental change. This project fills a major gap in the documentation of past environmental change, making available digitized data from the especially rich fossil record of the eastern Pacific marine invertebrate communities of the Cenozoic, the 66 million years that have passed since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Digitization and integration of these data will foster increased accessibility, efficient analysis to understand past change, the identification of factors involved in that change, and enable predictions for how current biodiversity may be impacted by future change. Development of virtual fieldwork experiences will assist stakeholders and educators in understanding how field data and fossil collections are used to infer past ecosystem and environmental conditions.
The data currently exist as a vast collection of fossil specimens and printed materials distributed among multiple natural history collections: this project involves 7 primary institutions, one small collection and one federal institution and will integrate this digitized specimen data with the other two ongoing fossil networks through the web portal iDigPaleo, expanding the resource for fossil invertebrate information by spanning over 500 million years. This wealth of data will provide resources not only to researchers, but will be made available to K-16 educators, government, industry, and the general public. Through the national resource (iDigBio) these data will be integrated with information on modern organisms providing the means to understand important questions on niches, environmental change, transitions in sea levels, etc. Additionally, undergraduate and graduate students will be trained in the modern uses of natural history collections. This award is made as part of the National Resource for Digitization of Biological Collections through the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections program and all data resulting from this award will be available through the national resource (iDigBio.org).
Proposed research using collections data of eastern Pacific marine invertebrate fossil collections of the Cenozoic:
- Assessment of how individual species, communities, and ecosystems respond to environmental change on evolutionary and long-term ecological timescales.
- Modeling predictions of response to future environmental change.
- Verification and standardization of taxonomic assemblages for analysis of distribution.
- Food web analysis.
- Study of tectonically-induced change on biodiversity.
Project Websites & Social Media
Citizen Science & Outreach Projects
The TCN will produce four virtual field experiences (VFEs) to enable K-16 students, teachers and the public to better understand how the digitized collections are used together with field data to infer past ecosystem and environmental conditions. The VFEs will be widely distributed via the member institutions’ education and outreach portals, including the University of California Museum of Paleontology’s (UCMP) Understanding Global Change (UGC) web resource currently under development (modeled on the high-impact Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science web resources).
Project Sponsor: University of California-Berkeley (NSF Award 1503678)
Lead Principal Investigator: Charles Marshall
Co-Principal Investigators: Seth Finnegan, Patricia Holroyd, Lisa White
EPICC TCN Project Manager: Erica Clites
California Academy of Sciences (NSF Award 1503628)
Principal Investigator: Peter Roopnarine
Coordinator: Christine Garcia
John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center
Principal Investigators: Nicole Bonuso, James Parham
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History (NSF Award 1503065)
Principal Investigator: Jann Vendetti
Senior Personnel: Austin Hendy
Coordinator: Kathryn Estes-Smargiassi
Paleontological Research Institute (NSF Award 1503611)
Principal Investigator: Gregory Dietl
Senior Personnel: Don Duggan-Haas, Robert Ross, Leslie Skibinski
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
Kathy Hollis, Holly Little
University of Alaska Museum of the North (NSF Award 1503613)
Principal Investigator: Patrick Druckenmiller
University of Oregon (NSF Award 1503545)
Principal Investigator: Edward Davis
University of Washington Burke Museum (NSF Award 1502500)
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Nesbitt
Senior Personnel: Ron Eng
Coordinator: Sara Legler
Protocols & Workflows
Nesbitt, E. A. (2018). Cenozoic Marine Formations of Washington and Oregon: an annotated catalogue. PaleoBios, 35. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/04q5f9cr
Clites iDigBio Summit VII, 2017
Aziz, Hendy and Estes-Smargiassi Geological Society of America (GSA) 2017, Plio-Pleistocene marine molluscs of Carpenteria, CA
Buczek, Hendy et al. GSA 2017, Bivalve shell microstructure preservation of the Careaga Sandstone
Estes-Smargiassi et al. GSA 2017, Project paleo: Citizen curation at LACM
Hendy GSA 2017, High-resolution paleoenvironmental analysis of Carpenteria, CA
Hendy et al. GSA 2017, Bringing students and teachers into the collection to experience authentic science
Hendy et al. GSA 2017, Reimagining invertebrate paleontology at LACM
Marshall et al. GSA 2017, The EPICC TCN
White et al. GSA 2017, Launching Kettleman Hills Virtual Field Experience
Aziz, Hendy et al. Western Society of Malacology (WSM) 2017, Plio-Pleistocene marine molluscs of Carpenteria, CA
Clites, Pearson, et al. WSM 2017, The EPICC TCN
Estes-Smargiassi and Hendy WSM 2017, The great scaphopod hunt
Hendy and Fait WSM 2017, High-resolution paleoenvironmental analysis of Carpenteria, CA
Huh, Laguna and Hendy WSM 2017, Seashells by the Salton Sea (Brawley Formation)
Clites et al. 2017 Digital Data in Biodiversity Research, Creating stratigraphic and taxonomic concordances
Estes-Smargiassi et al. SPNHC 2017, Innovative inventory: shedding light on dark data
Clites Digital Data in Paleontological Research, 2017
Clites iDigBio Summit VI, 2016
Estes-Smargiassi et al. GSA 2016, Increasing diversity and sustainable workflows
Hendy GSA 2016, Temporal changes in body size
White et al. GSA 2016, Kettleman Hills Virtual Field Experience
Marshall iDigBio Summit V, 2015