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Biodiversity Data and IUCN – Notes for ASU-CBO Meeting

Yesterday the ASU Natural History Collections, Informatics & Outreach Group was represented at the “IUCN – CBO Partnership Workshop”, held on February 25-26, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe. The workshop was sponsored by the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes. Below is a collection of broad themes, keywords, and links that are relevant to the workshop.

1. ASU Natural History Collections – http://taxonbytes.org/impressions-alameda-grand-opening/

2. Searching SEINet

  • Go to http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/index.php
  • Search Collections = ASU.
  • Taxa: Physalis crassifolia, Physalis hederifolia.
  • Region: Arizona.
  • Observe abundantly vouchered, largely disjunct taxon distributions.

3. Via Dr. Les Landrum

  • Here is a demo that shows what one can do with georeferenced specimens. Go to http://pinkava.asu.edu/PlantMap/
  • We have a fairly rare species of plant – Fremontodendron californicum. Map that species and then use the Biotic communities map (one of 3 options) to see where it grows.
  • Infer community identity, occurrence correlations “from the bottom up”.
  • Can create analytical models with different kinds of question- and data-driven themes on top of this evidential biodiversity information layer.

4. Via Ed Gilbert

5. Arthropod collections and “research readiness”Cobb, Seltmann & Franz. 2014.

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