Entomology Society of America (ESA) 2017

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Data Are Changing the Way We Do Insect Science
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Date: Tuesday, November 07, 2017,1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Symposium at EntSoc2017

Title: Big Data and Bugs: How Massively Collected Biodiversity Data Are Changing the Way We Do Insect Science

Entomology 2017 will be held November 5-8, 2017 at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The theme "Ignite. Inspire. Innovate." highlights a vision to increase science communication within the research community. iDigBio will be leading a symposium: Big Data and Bugs: How Massively Collected Biodiversity Data Are Changing the Way We Do Insect Science. Pamela Soltis, iDigBio's Research PI will present a talk: "Using specimens and linked data in ecological and evolutionary research" in this symposium. The lineup of talks includes speakers from the US, South America, and the EU and several graduate students will be presenting their research.


With potentially 3-4 billion museum specimens available globally and perhaps 1-2 billion in the US, the world’s natural history collections offer huge treasure troves of ecologically relevant information. Until recently, this information was locked away in museum cabinets and unavailable for most scientific inquiry. In the last decade, the exponential growth of a number of biodiversity databases has made an unprecedented amount of information available to researchers around the world. With over 105 million specimen records available online to date, and an ever-increasing number captured by collections and by citizen scientists, these data provide excellent information on species distributions, phenology, morphology, and more. Biodiversity data can help not only in the documentation of new species, but also to detect when key species are going extinct, predict distribution of economically and medically important ones, as well as how they can change over time. It is important to ensure the future of these resources by raising awareness of the many projects and research that rely on the information made available thanks to them. In this symposium, we have invited and encourage submissions by researchers and educators that have been using biodiversity data in their projects. Our speakers talks cover topics of interest to P-IE, SysEB, PBT, and MUVE sections of ESA. We also want to encourage the exchange of ideas, taking advantage of the opportunity to host a panel after the presentations. This dialog will include discussion of cyber-infrastructure needs, promote development of tools and hopefully inspire more researchers to explore the wealth and potential of data in digitized natural history collections.


time talk presenter / authors
1:30 Welcoming Remarks
1:35 Using specimens and linked data in ecological and evolutionary research
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Pamela Soltis (psoltis@flmnh.ufl.edu), iDigBio, Gainesville, FL
1:50 Utilizing digitized specimen data to trace the history and predict the future for an economically important pest of commercial fruits
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Crystal Klem (cklem@purdue.edu), Jennifer Zaspel and Alberto Zilli, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, The Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom
2:05 Ecoinformatics and the curious case of katydids on California mandarins
EntSoc abstract and pdf
Bodil Cass (bncass@ucdavis.edu), Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell and Jay Rosenheim, University of California, Davis, CA, University of California, Riverside, CA
2:15 Collections data and citizen scientists shaping the conservation decision-making process for at-risk butterfly species
EntSoc abstract and pdf
Jaret Daniels (jdaniels@flmnh.ufl.edu) and Dean Jue, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Tallahassee, FL
2:30 Real time massive online citizen science biodiversity programs: Lessons from butterflies
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Kathleen Prudic (klprudic@email.arizona.edu), Kent McFarland, Rebecca Hutchinson, Jeffrey Oliver, Jeremy Kerr, Maxim Larrivée and Elizabeth C. Long, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Norwich, VT, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Montreal Insectarium Space for Life, Montreal, QC, Canada, Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz, NY
2:40 Bringing the dead alive - The value of dead flies
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Erica McAlister (e.mcalister@nhm.ac.uk), Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom
2:55 From the tropics to the drawer and back: Digitized New World swallowtail butterfly specimens inform diversity pattern
EntSoc abstract and pdf
Hannah Owens (howens@flmnh.ufl.edu) and Laura Brenskelle, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
3:10 Break and Poster Session
3:10 Poster: Low-cost genomic architecture as a species delimitation tool using rDNA fingerprints
EntSoc proceedings
John Sproul (johnssproul@gmail.com) and David Maddison, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
3:10 Poster: Students discover: ANTS - Connecting science and education
EntSoc proceedings
Daniela Sorger (dmsorger@ncsu.edu), Paige Derouin, Maggie McKinley, Michelle Hafey and Rob R. Dunn, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC, Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy, Raleigh, NC, Burgaw Middle School, Burgaw, NC, Penderlea School, Willard, NC
3:25 From office wallpaper to research product: How digitization of the Field Museum's water beetles yields insights to their historical distributions in North America
EntSoc abstract and pdf
Crystal Maier (crystal.maier@gmail.com), Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
3:40 Using nano-CT scanning to study novel ultrasound-producing structures across Lepidoptera
EntSoc abstract and pdf
David Plotkin (dplotkin@ufl.edu), Jesse R. Barber and Akito Kawahara, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Boise State University, Boise, ID
3:55 Progressing toward Odomatic: Automatic species identification of Odonata from in situ photographs
EntSoc abstract and pdf
William Kuhn (will.kuhn@rutgers.edu) and John C. Abbott, National Science Foundation, Knoxville, TN, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
4:05 Querying semantic phenotypes with transcribed specimen data
EntSoc abstract and pdf
Matt J. Yoder (diapriid@gmail.com), István Mikó and Andrew Deans, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
4:20 Uses of the TaxOnline biocollections data network
EntSoc abstract and pdf
Luciane Marinoni (lmarinoni@ufpr.br), Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil
4:35 Challenges and trends in really big insect collection datasets
EntSoc abstract and pdf
Katja C. Seltmann (seltmann@ccber.ucsb.edu), University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
4:50 Discussion