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SPNHC 2015 posters – Libraries of Life project and New Neotropical Symbiota portals

Our group has two posters up for presentation at SPNHC 2015 this week.

1. Basham A., A. Mast, N.M. Franz & K.H. Holmes. 2015. Libraries of Life: connecting collections with community via Augmented Reality and specimen-based learning applications. 30th Annual Meeting of The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. Gainesville, FL. Link to PDF

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SPNHC 2015 presentation – Taxonomic concept resolution for voucher-based biodiversity information platforms

Slides are up for our SPNHC 2015 concept taxonomy presentation.

Franz 2015 SPNHC Taxonomic concept resolution for voucher-based biodiversity information platforms from taxonbytes

PathwayMatrix visualization software shows Euler/X taxonomy alignment products and ambiguities

This post serves as an update on a new Euler/X compatible visualization software called PathwayMatrix, and also as a mini-review of the Exploring Taxonomic Concepts (ETC) Information Visualization Workshop, held on May 11-13, 2015, at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The workshop was organized by Bertram Ludäscher of the Euler/X Project and ETC lead information scientist Hong Cui.

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Software Carpentry Workshop report

During the weekend of Feb 21 & 22, Joe Hunter, an undergraduate research student, and I attended a Software Carpentry workshop at University of Arizona hosted by the iPlant Collaborative. The workshop was intended to teach scientists to analyze and manage data (beyond just using Excel and storing data in a laptop). Read more

Announcing the Sixth Annual Lepidoptera Course, 16–25 August, 2015

Held at the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) in the Chiricahua Mountains in SE Arizona (a 2.5 hour drive from Tucson), the focus of the Lep Course 2015 (August 16-25, 2015) is to train graduate students, postdocs, faculty, state and federal employees, and citizen-scientists in the classification and identification of adult Lepidoptera and their larvae. Topics to be covered include the biology and systematics of major families of Lepidoptera, an introduction to adult and larval morphology with a focus on taxonomically important traits, extensive field work that concentrates on  both collecting and photographing adults and larvae, collecting and curatorial techniques, genitalic dissection, larval classification, use (and abuse) of DNA barcoding, and general topics in Lepidoptera systematics, ecology, and evolution.

With its extensive series of Sky Island mountain ranges, SE Arizona has the highest Lepidoptera diversity in the United States. With low desert scrub, oak and mixed oak-pine woodland, lush riparian, juniper, Douglas fir, and mountain meadow habitats – all within a 40 minute drive from the station – the SWRS is an ideal location from which to sample this diversity of both habitats and species.

If you want to interact with other Lepidoptera enthusiasts, see a spectacular Dysschema, identify the Organ of vom Rath, sort through trap samples with hundreds of species, learn about diversity of Lepidoptera, and enjoy the vistas of the SE Arizona, then this course will provide a unique experience.

Partial list of invited instructors (subject to change):

  • Richard Brown (Mississippi Entomological Museum)
  • Jennifer Bundy (RD4AG)
  • Chris Grinter (Illinois Natural History Survey)
  • Don Harvey (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Sangmi Lee (Arizona State University Hasbrouck Insect Collection)
  • Chris Schmidt (Canadian National Collection)
  • Bruce Walsh (University of Arizona)

For more information, see http://research.amnh.org/swrs/education/lepidoptera-course or www.lepcourse.org or contact Bruce Walsh at jbwalsh@u.arizona.edu. You can also see photos and comments from students in the 2011 course at their facebook site, “2011 Lep Course, SWRS SEAZ”.

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.

ICE 2016 Orlando Symposium proposal – Building the Biodiversity Knowledge Graph for Insects

Calls are going out currently to submit Symposium proposals for the XXV International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016) in Orlando. Here is the summary for one such proposal led by Nico Franz and Katja Seltmann and intended for the category: Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation Biology. If you would like to contribute as potential speaker to this Symposium proposal, please contact Nico Franz (s0on).

Title: Building the Biodiversity Knowledge Graph for Insects – Components, Progress, Challenges.
Presentation Type: Combination Oral and Poster Presentations.

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ASU Collections Holiday Party 2014

Last Wednesday (December 17, 2014) we celebrated our first Holiday Party at the Alameda collections space. Plenty of people, food, drinks, and cheerful times. Liz Makings skillfully accompanied the Christmas carols on the keyboard. Photos are posted here.

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Tom Dowling, Scott McAdams, Rebecca Dornburg, Charlotte Johnston.


And, with permission (“Sure – this could be my big break.”), we reproduce here Walter Fertig’s genial adaptation of:

On the First day of Christmas, the herbarium gave to me, a Perdix in a Pyrus tree*

On the Second day of Christmas, the herbarium gave to me
two Croton setigerus and a Perdix in a Pyrus tree
 

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