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

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

  • (PEN) 2016 Augmenting the temporal and geographic range of InvertEBase through additional collaboration of the Chicago Academy of Sciences
  • (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

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

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

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

    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