Integrating Collections and Ecological Research
The Integrating Collections and Ecological Research (ICER) Working Group is inspired by efforts to expand and enhance the community of those using collections data in their scientific research. Recent publications provide evidence the ecology community is calling for more robust and strategic connections between the ecology and collection communities. For example, iDigBio has collaborated at recent Ecological Society of America Conferences with the Natural History Section, and the Historical Records group. The initial two main foci of ICER are to 1) figure out how best to insure ecologists know about existing collections data resources, 2) bring the two communities together to discuss suitability of the data captured from field specimen collection for ecologists. Other potential topics include: delineating which ecology groups can best use collections data (and which cannot), looking at what might be possible in the future to support ecologists vouchering specimens where appropriate, and working with collections and ecologists to design sustainable new standard practices for supporting ecologists as parties vested in supporting the existence of and need for collections.
ICER Documents in Progress
- Current Vision Document. Note this is a working (draft) document.
- 5 Year Plan. Under construction. See rough draft.
- Ecology Groups - list of ESA Sections
IF you need to have edit rights to the above documents, please contact dpaul (AT) fsu (DOT) edu
ICER Workshops and Related Activities
- ICER participates in the Field to Collections Bioblitz at ESA 2017 (5 August 2017)
- ICER and Conservation (BCoN) Workshop at iDigBio Summit VII (2-3 November 2017)
Activities and Articles in Support of Ecology and Collections Collaboration
- Articles in ICER Google Drive folder
- Symposium Leveraging the Power of Biodiversity Specimen Data for Ecological Research at ESA 2016
- Ignite Session Enhancing Ecological Research with iDigBio Specimen Data at ESA 2015
- Send an email to dpaul (AT) fsu (DOT) edu
- Current ICER Group Members