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Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization

Pearson, Katelin [1], Yost, Jenn [2].

Capturing flowering time data from herbarium specimens: The California Phenology TCN.

The timing of flowering is important to science, society, and biodiversity, and herbarium specimens—dried, pressed plants collected across the globe and preserved in herbaria—can provide rich data on how flowering times vary across time and space and with changes in climate. The California Phenology Thematic Collections Network (CAP TCN) is an NSF-funded project that aims to image nearly one million herbarium specimens and capture flowering (i.e., phenological) data from these images. The CAP TCN is composed of 22 herbaria at California institutions including universities, botanic gardens, natural history museums, and research stations, all working together to achieve this ambitious goal. Here we describe the current and future activities of the CAP TCN including specimen imaging, development of a new data portal and phenological data standards, and education and outreach opportunities associated with the project. This project will generate data that will increase our understanding of flowering time shifts—a critical need for agriculturalists, conservation biologists, plant taxonomists, land managers, and wildlife biologists.


Related Links:
Website of the project, including news, protocols, recorded webinars, and documentation


1 - California Polytechnic University, Biological Sciences, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
2 - Cal Poly, Biology, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93407, United States

Keywords:
digitization
herbarium
phenology
biodiversity
natural history collections.

Presentation Type: Poster This poster will be presented at 5:30 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PBI001
Abstract ID:76
Candidate for Awards:None


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