New Database for Isotope Data Subject of Meeting in New Mexico

Isotope scientists, museum and biodiversity scientists, journal editors, and database professionals from around the world recently gathered in the desert of New Mexico to discuss how to create a database – IsoBank – that would capture isotopic data. The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) cosponsored the workshop. BCoN is a National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network […]

Natural History Museum Professionals, Biodiversity Scientists Identify Needs

Biological diversity makes human life on Earth possible. Unfortunately, we are at a time in Earth’s history when an increasing number of species are at risk of extinction. Despite the significance of this issue, the scientists and institutions at the forefront of efforts to understand biodiversity are ringing alarm bells about inadequate investments in this […]

Valuing Our “Endangered” Natural History

An op-ed published in the New York Times on April 1 extolls the unsung virtues of natural history collections. “Natural history museums are so focused on the future that they have for centuries routinely preserved such specimens to answer questions they didn’t yet know how to ask, requiring methodologies that had not yet been invented, […]

Young Investigator Fellowship for Botanical Collecting Expedition to Samoa

The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is organizing a six-week botanical expedition to the two largest islands in the Independent State of Samoa, Savai’i and ‘Upolu. The field work will focus on the goal of botanical exploration of poorly known and botanically diverse habitats on these islands and to document and provide data critical to […]

Survey on Outliers in Biodiversity Collections

iDigBio’s Outlier Detection and Documentation by Collectors (ODD Collectors) Working Group is conducting a survey related to your experience with “outliers” (or “anomalies” or “oddities”) in biodiversity collections. For this survey, outliers are defined as individual specimens that differ from a previously documented or perceived general norm within a taxon in any biological characteristic such […]

Save the Date: “Stressors and Drivers of Food Security: Evidence from Scientific Collections”

The ”Stressors and Drivers of Food Security: Evidence from Scientific Collections” symposium will be held on 18-20 May 2016. This will be the first-ever symposium that brings together food security researchers and experts on scientific collections in diverse research disciplines. The symposium will be an ambitious look forward into food security research that relies on […]

Participate in WeDigBio 2016

Institutions that house biodiversity collections are encouraged to participate in the Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections Event. The event encourages citizen scientists and the public to assist in the digitization of natural history collections. Organizations can post images of specimens with their labels on a partner transcription platforms for transcription or host an on-site transcription […]

The Atlantic Explores Museum Collections

A recent article in The Atlantic highlights the important role of natural history collections as a place of discovery. “Natural History Museums Are Teeming With Undiscovered Species” features the tales of researchers who have identified new species using specimens that were previously collected. Dr. Evon Hekkala collected DNA from museum specimens of Nile crocodiles to […]

Community Input Sought on Biological Informatics Training Needs

To members of the biocollections community, The 2015 AIBS Council Meeting, “Addressing Biological Informatics Workforce Needs,” will convene on December 8th. The Council Meeting will consider the role of scientific societies and their journals in establishing training capacity and practice guidelines aimed at preparing the next generation of the scientific workforce to excel in the […]

USDA Seeks Input on Agricultural Research Open Access Policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public comment on the development of a policy to increase access to the results of federally-funded agricultural research. If your organization wishes to provide input, it can do so during one of two live teleconferences or via email. Teleconference on policy impacts related to scholarly papers Monday, November […]