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View Resource The Tight Link: Beetle and Plant Diversity

This week's In The News focuses on the evolutionary link between beetle (Coleoptera) and flowering plant (Angiosperm) diversity. In an article published in the July 24, 1998 issue of Science, Harvard University evolutionary entomologist Brian Farrell shed new light on insect-plant evolution when he revealed "a tight link between plant and beetle diversity." Farrell found that the incredible...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/se/1998/0805
View Resource Grand Challenges in Environmental Sciences

This title from the National Academy Press (NAP) is accessible in its entirety online. Requested by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and written by the National Academies's National Research Council, this report identifies and describes eight important areas of environmental research for the next generation. Not in order of importance, these challenges are Biogeochemical Cycles, Biodiversity...

https://www.nap.edu/catalog/9975/grand-challenges-in-environ...
View Resource Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

Several international agreements, including the Convention on Biological Diversity, highlight the need for open, shared access to global biodiversity data. To that end, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has been established to facilitate "the compilation, linking, standardization, digitization and global dissemination of the world's biodiversity data." The GBIF homepage provides...

https://www.gbif.org/
View Resource Research and Applications: Gap Analysis

The US Geological Survey's Gap Analysis Program (GAP) is a cooperative project that attempts to map land cover and vertebrate species distribution in order to enhance conservation land management activities. Visitors can view data about protected areas and species as well as read USGS publications on this program.

https://gapanalysis.usgs.gov/
View Resource The NBN Gateway

Several British conservation and natural resource organizations have collaborated to form the National Biodiversity Network (NBN), a network of biodiversity data. After the free registration, users can access the NBN gateway, which hosts a large variety of datasets that can be navigated by species name or site location. Results allow users to view 10km distribution maps of the selected species....

https://nbnatlas.org/
View Resource Biodiversity and Conservation Research

The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History aims to "integrate scientific research, education, and outreach so that people, themselves major catalysts in the rapid loss of biodiversity, will become participants in its conservation." The CBC currently conducts biodiversity conservation research in the Bahamas, Bolivia, Madagascar, Vietnam, and in...

https://www.amnh.org/our-research/center-for-biodiversity-co...
View Resource The World Information Network on Biodiversity

The World Information Network on Biodiversity (REMIB) is organized and provided by Mexico's National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of the Biodiversity. REMIB is a network of shared biological information databases from research centers in Mexico, the US, Costa Rica, and Spain. The databases contain "curatorial, taxonomic, ecological, cartographic, bibliographic, ethno-biological type, use...

http://www.conabio.gob.mx/remib_ingles/doctos/remib_ing.html
View Resource From Jungle to Lab: The Study of Life's Complexity

San Francisco's Exploratorium showcases the work of researchers at the Natural History Museum in London and Las Cuevas Biological Station in Belize, who are investigating the nature and diversity of life. From Jungle to Lab is part of the Exploratorium's Origin Project, created to explain how scientists explore "the beginnings of the universe, of matter, of the earth, and of life itself." This...

http://www.exploratorium.edu/origins/belize-london/index.htm...
View Resource Okhotskia: International Kuril Island Project

This website presents the International Kuril Island Project (IKIP), "an international collaboration of American, Russian, and Japanese scientists to survey the plants, insects, spiders, freshwater and terrestrial mollusks, freshwater fishes, amphibians, and reptiles of the Kuril Archipelago." The website was developed primarily "to provide easy access to project results and databases, both for...

http://www.burkemuseum.org/static/okhotskia/ikip/index.htm
View Resource Global Biodiversity

Nations around the world have recognized biodiversity as one of the most pressing ecological issues of our time. Declining biodiversity over recent decades has prompted the formation of international coalitions and national biodiversity programs. This Topic in Depth explores the work of both international and national efforts to increase global biodiversity. The first site presents an archived...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/nsdl/ls/2004/1112
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