Our lab has had an eventful joint ECN/ESA 2014 meeting and presentation/poster schedule of activities. Most presentations are now posted. Great meetings – even won recognition for our Twitter contributions.
Symposium – Harvesting the fruits of our labor: Utilizing collections databases to advance 21st century entomology.
1. Neil Cobb, Katja Seltmann & Nico Franz. 2014. The current state of arthropod biodiversity data: Addressing impacts of global change. Presentation.
Via Neil Cobb, a public version of the LepNet proposal (October, 2014). Complete title: “Collaborative Research: Digitization TCN: Lepidoptera of North America Network: Documenting Diversity in the Largest Clade of Herbivores”.
PDF available here.
On July 3-4, 2014, a team including Neil Cobb (NAU), Katja Seltmann (AMNH), Nico Franz and Ed Gilbert (ASU) convened at Alameda to discuss plans to create a new Lepidoptera collections network (“LepNet”). Our main focus was to discuss use cases, workflows, and data schema models to represent “associations” of butterflies and moths in Symbiota. This would include the ability to submit searches by herbivore taxon (e.g., “Papilio indra“) and obtaining a list of associated plant taxa, based both on actual occurrence records stored in the network and in an “associations module” that can receive information published in various Symbiota-external sources.
My second semester as a graduate student has been spent conducting research with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Since February, I have been dividing my time between working in STRI’s Insect Collection in Panama City and traveling around Panama collecting insects. In the Collection I’ve been making an interactive identification key to the 29 currently described Panamanian genera of weevils in the subfamily Conoderinae, available shortly in SCAN. This has been possible thanks to the collecting of Henry Stockwell in the 1970s and 1980s, whose large collection of conoderines contains numerous undescribed species.
An updated summary of conventions used in our insect collection to ensure consistent and accurate geo-referencing. [Prequel: Go to SCAN and log in; then proceed to “My Profile”, then “Specimen Management”, then select ASUHIC.] Blog post in development!
ASUHIC and Franz Lab students contributed two research posters to this year’s 21st Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium of ASU’s School of Life Sciences, held on the afternoon of April 04, 2014. Here are the authors, titles, and links to PDFs. Well done, all!
Most recent update: February 26, 2014.
SCAN has activated the module for authoring interactive identification keys, even though the keys themselves are not yet live for potential users. In what follows some of the basic interfaces and practices for authoring keys are introduced. Prospective SCAN members interested in preparing keys individually or in collaboration should contact Nico Franz.
This is a primer on adding (previously published) descriptions to Taxon Profile Pages in SCAN (or in Symbiota more generally). Examples are related to the Weevils of North America (WoNA) checklist. For sake of simplicity this entry uses descriptions that were previously digitized and are available through the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Here is an exemplary, step-wise procedure to add a SCAN taxon description. Doing so requires permission to be a Taxon Profile Editor (such permissions are granted by portal administrators).