The Next Generation Research Working Group will consider the opportunities, needs, and limitations to next generation research uses of digitized specimens and their associated data.

Among the issues this Working Group will consider are:

  • What are the current limitations to the use of collections-based data?
  • What do other research communities need in order to more fully use collections data for their research?
  • What research communities, beyond systematics, are using digitized collections data, and how?
  • What community practices or national efforts are needed to expand the use of these data for biodiversity research and for use by new research communities?

This group will also be asked to offer recommendations and guidance for a future workshop that will explore these and related questions.


  • Herrick Brown, Assistant Botanist/Assistant Curator, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • Neil Stanley Cobb, Research Professor and Director, Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, Northern Arizona University
  • John Demboski, Director of Zoology & Health Sciences and Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Denny Fernandez, Professor, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
  • Shelley James, Data Management Coordinator, iDigBio, University of Florida
  • James Miller, Senior Vice President for Science and Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mary Allison Stegner, Research Associate, University of California Museum of Paleontology
  • Michael Webster, Professor and Director, Macaulay Library, Cornell University
  • Daniel Winkler, PhD candidate, University of California, Irvine

and BCoN Advisory Council Members

  • Anna Monfils, Central Michigan University
  • Barbara Thiers, New York Botanical Garden
  • Joe Cook, Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico
  • Andy Bentley, Kansas University Biodiversity Institute
  • Chris Norris, Yale University
  • Robert Gropp, American Institute of Biological Sciences