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Presented By: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Early Career Scientists Symposium: Natural History Collections: Drivers of Innovation

Keynote presentation: Pamela Soltis, Distinguished Professor and Curator, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Integrative research using natural history collections: examples from herbaria

Illustration of museum drawers opened and boxes on top containing the following: shell, plant, grasshopper, mushroom, snake, skull and owl. Illustration of museum drawers opened and boxes on top containing the following: shell, plant, grasshopper, mushroom, snake, skull and owl.
Illustration of museum drawers opened and boxes on top containing the following: shell, plant, grasshopper, mushroom, snake, skull and owl.
A virtual symposium held on five consecutive Fridays beginning March 5, 2021.

REGISTRATION required for Zoom entry. Registrants will receive the Zoom link and passcode via email. See links this page to register and for more information.

Session V (Moderator: Brad Ruhfel)

1 pm Welcome and introduction: Brad Ruhfel

1:05 pm Closing remarks: Hernán López-Fernández

1:15 pm Keynote presentation: Pamela Soltis

2 pm Panel discussion: Pamela Soltis, Hernán López-Fernández

Abstract
Emerging cyberinfrastructure and new data sources provide unparalleled opportunities for mobilizing and integrating massive amounts of information from organismal biology, ecology, genetics, climatology and other disciplines. Key among these data sources is the rapidly growing volume of digitized specimen records from natural history collections. The world’s herbaria house an estimated 400,000,000 specimens, and as the number of online records – currently at ~60,000,000 – continues to grow, these data provide excellent information on species distributions, changes in distributions over time, phenology and a host of traits. Integration of information from specimen records with phylogenies, climate data and other resources enables new questions to be addressed while also providing new perspectives on longstanding questions in ecology and evolutionary biology. Although challenges to linking heterogeneous data remain, new advances are enabling the use of herbarium and other museum data in novel ways. Through a series of case studies, I will illustrate some of the many uses to which herbarium specimen data are currently being applied as well as some of the resources being developed to enable their use. These case studies link and analyze specimen data and related heterogeneous data sources to address a range of evolutionary and ecological problems.

Read more, including about the speakers and their talks, on the ECSS website: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/ecss/

REGISTER: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/ecss/home/register/

Illustration: John Megahan. Image credits: Eric LoPresti, John Megahan, Timothy James, Linda Garcia
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