The Collections Communications Working Group was formed to continue to develop and, as appropriate, work to implement the recommendations outlined in the report from the fall 2015 Collections Communication Workshop.

Read the report from the 2015 workshop.


  • Sarah Boyer, Macalester College
  • Ellen Censky, Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Rebecca Dolan, Director, Friesner Herbarium, Butler University
  • Sarah George, Executive Director, Natural History Museum of Utah
  • David Giblin, University of Washington
  • Emily Graslie, Field Museum of Natural History
  • Robert Gropp, American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • Erica Krimmel, The Chicago Academy of Sciences and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Leonard “Kris” Kishtalka, Kansas University Biodiversity Institute
  • Marcia Revelez, Angelo State Natural History Collections
  • Kelly Richers, Wasco Union Elementary School District
  • Beverly Sensbach, Associate Director, Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Randal Singer, University of Florida

Outreach Materials

The BCoN Collections Communications Working Group identified a need to compile existing outreach documents that the biodiversity collections and science communities may use to educate decision-makers and the general public about the nature of biodiversity collections-based science, including the benefits derived from digitizing specimens and their associated data. Below is a list of such documents compiled by the Working Group.

If you or your organization would like to use these materials to support any of your efforts, please do so. All that is asked is that you properly credit the source organization, and send us a note to let us know how you are using the document.


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