Leveraging the Power of Biodiversity Specimen Data for Ecological Research at ESA 2016

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Leveraging the Power of Biodiversity Specimen Data for Ecological Research – at ESA 2016

This year's Ecological Society of America (ESA) 2016 theme is Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene. This wiki supports the iDigBio ESA 2016 Organized Oral Session: Leveraging the Power of Biodiversity Specimen Data for Ecological Research at the ESA 2016 Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, August 7 – Friday, August 12, 2016.

Ten talks in this symposium highlight iDigBio, and the creation of and access to quality specimen data, with current examples of ecological research uses of natural history museum specimen data.

In this Organized Oral Session, we bring together a diversity of speakers who have incorporated biological specimen data into their ecological research. Specimen collections include centuries of information from around the world and, as a result, comprise data collected in a wide range of formats, languages, media, accuracy, precision, and completeness. Using these data therefore requires an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates international standards and protocols. Further, these efforts must be forward thinking to anticipate the needs of future researchers and the capabilities of future technologies. The opportunities and challenges in working with these data are numerous and widely applicable across ecological fields. The session will include talks that span taxa, time and geographies, with an emphasis on data from iDigBio (Integrated Digitized Biocollections; www.idigibio.org).

The session will begin with an introduction to iDigBio within the framework of the larger biodiversity collections community. Speakers will then present information on best practices in field-based data collection, publishing datasets, and examples from research groups that have successfully used biodiversity specimen data to address challenging ecological questions in the sub-fields of botany, entomology, marine ecology, and citizen science. Presentations will include information on data standards, sharing and publishing data, attribution and data gaps. They will also include data management strategies that are used to digitize, access, share, analyze, archive, update, and publish biodiversity data. The broad range of applications of biodiversity data in ecological research and the benefits of collaboration will be explored. Lastly, speakers in this session will explore the topic of ways ecologists and biodiversity specimen collections can work together to improve data quality, enhance research and ensure reproducible science.

ESA 2016 Organized Oral Session - Leveraging the Power of Biodiversity Specimen Data for Ecological Research - Agenda and Logistics

  • When: Wednesday, August 10, 2016; 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Where: Grand Floridian Blrm G, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
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Session: Wednesday 10 August 2016, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Leveraging the Power of Biodiversity Specimen Data for Ecological Research, Moderator: Deb Paul
Time Title Presenter
Session Time: Wednesday 10 August 2016, 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1 Linking heterogeneous resources for biodiversity research (pdf) Pamela Soltis
2 Unraveling cryptic speciation, a closer look at polyploid species complexes in the prickly pear cacti, Opuntia (Cactaceae) (pdf) Lucas Majure
3 Using museum data for species distribution modeling: The case of plants in Florida (pdf) Charlotte Germain-Aubrey
4 Herbarium specimens show patterns of wild fruit ripening across New England, from 1850 to present (pdf) Amanda Gallinat
5 Using citizen science to determine the future of forests through digitized herbaria (pdf) Emily K. Meineke
6 Natural history collections in support of conservation and ecological restoration (mp4) Katja C. Seltmann
7 Using digital natural history collection specimens to investigate the future of bee conservation (pdf) Joan Meiners
8 Using museum specimens to investigate biogeographic patterns across the Indo-West Pacific (pdf) François Michonneau
9 Specimen collectors as the Anthropocene's outlier detectors—finding the red flags in 200 years of specimen descriptions. (pdf) Katelin Pearson
10 Citizen science as a tool for expanding biodiversity research across ecological fields (pdf) Libby Ellwood

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