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Each Thematic Collections Network (TCN) is a network of institutions with a strategy for digitizing information that addresses a particular research theme, such as impacts of climate change or biota of a region. Once digitized, data are easily accessed and available for other research and educational use. Other institutions and collections may join an existing TCN as a Partner to Existing Network (PEN). The following are the TCNs, and any associated PENs, currently funded by the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) project:


Award Year 2022

(TCN) TCN: Collaborative Research: Digitization and Enrichment of U.S. Herbarium Data from Tropical Africa to Enable Urgent Quantitative Conservation Assessments

(TCN) TCN: iDigBees Network, Towards Complete Digitization of US Bee Collections to Promote Ecological and Evolutionary Research in a Keystone Clade

Award Year 2021

(TCN) TCN: Collaborative Research: Bringing Asia to digital life: mobilizing underrepresented Asian herbarium collections in the US to propel biodiversity discovery

(TCN) TCN: Extending Anthophila research through image and trait digitization (Big-Bee): BigBee

Award Year 2020

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

(TCN) Mobilizing Millions of Marine Mollusks of the Eastern Seaboard: ESB

(TCN) Documenting Marine Biodiversity through Digitization of Invertebrate Collections (DigIn): DigIn

Award Year 2019

(TCN) Digitizing collections to trace parasite-host associations and predict the spread of vector-borne disease: TPT

(TCN) American Crossroads: Digitizing the Vascular Flora of the South-Central United States: TORCH

(TCN) Enhancing Access to Taxonomic and Biogeographical Data to Stem the Tide of Extinction of the Highly Imperiled Pacific Island Land Snails: PILSBRY

Award Year 2018

(TCN) Capturing California's Flowers: Using Digital Images to Investigate Phenological Change in a Biodiversity Hotspot: CAP

(TCN) The Pteridological Collections Consortium: An integrative Approach to Pteridophyte Diversity Over the Last 420 Million Years: PCC

(TCN) Digitizing "Endless Forms": Facilitating Research on Imperiled Plants with Extreme Morphologies: Endless Forms

Award Year 2017

(TCN) Using Herbarium Data to Document Plant Niches in the High Peaks and High Plains of the Southern Rockies - Past, Present, and Future: SoRo

(TCN) oVert: Open Exploration of Vertebrate Diversity in 3D: oVert

Award Year 2016

(TCN) The Cretaceous World: Digitizing Fossils to Reconstruct Evolving Ecosystems in the Western Interior Seaway

(TCN) Lepidoptera of North America Network: Documenting Diversity in the Largest Clade of Herbivores

(TCN) The Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis: Achieving a Greater Scientific Understanding of our Urban World

Award Year 2015

(TCN) The Microfungi Collections Consortium: A Networked Approach to Digitizing Small Fungi with Large Impacts on the Function and Health of Ecosystems

(TCN) Documenting Fossil Marine Invertebrate Communities of the Eastern Pacific - Faunal Responses to Environmental Change over the last 66 million years

Award Year 2014

(TCN) InvertEBase: Reaching Back to See the Future: Species-rich Invertebrate Faunas Document Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity Shifts

(TCN) The Key to the Cabinets: Building and Sustaining a Research Database for a Global Biodiversity Hotspot

Award Year 2013

(TCN) Fossil Insect Collaborative: A Deep-Time Approach to Studying Diversification and Response to Environmental Change

Award Year 2012

(TCN) Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN): A Model for Collections Digitization to Promote Taxonomic and Ecological Research


Award Year 2014

(TCN) Documenting the Occurrence through Space and Time of Aquatic Non-indigenous Fish, Mollusks, Algae, and Plants Threatening North America's Great Lakes

Award Year 2013

(TCN) Developing a Centralized Digital Archive of Vouchered Animal Communication Signals

(TCN) The Macroalgal Herbarium Consortium: Accessing 150 Years of Specimen Data to Understand Changes in the Marine/Aquatic Environment

Award Year 2012

(TCN) Mobilizing New England Vascular Plant Data to Track Environmental Changes

(TCN) The Macrofungi Collection Consortium: Unlocking a Biodiversity for Understanding Biotic Interactions, Nutrient Cycling and Human Affairs

(TCN) Digitizing Fossils to Enable New Syntheses in Biogeography- Creating a PALEONICHES

Award Year 2011

(TCN) InvertNet: An Integrative Platform for Research on Environmental Change, Species Discovery and Identification

(TCN) Plants, Herbivores, and Parasitoids: A Model System for the Study of Tri-trophic Associations

(TCN) North American Lichens and Bryophytes - Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change