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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)


California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco CA e95, (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, 94118-4599 tel:(415) 750-7161 fax:(415) 750-7346 . GIS Contact: Nina Jablonski, tel;750-7163 email:anthropology@cas.calacademy.org). "With eight scientific research departments, the Academy's natural history collections are utilized by scientists from around the world. Our scientists discover, collect and study invaluable specimens of animals, plants, minerals and anthropological artifacts from around the world. The collections provide essential tools for comparative studies in biodiversity, and are ranked among the world's largest. The Academy provides scientific knowledge and expertise to visiting scientists, educators, students, parents, conservation organizations, the media and the general public." GIS PROGRAM STATUS: "The aim of the GIS project was and is is to render a portion of the already automated specimen data from the State of California more usable and accessible by individuals inside and outside of the CAS. This aim will be met by producing a pilot version of a centralized specimen database linked to a map server, that will index and integrate all CAS specimens by geographic locality. Because the number of automated specimen records for all CAS collections is very large (over 2.5 million), the pilot project will be limited to coverage of automated holdings from the state of California (607,480 records). The central database would not completely integrate, but would link, through a central hub, the individual departmental databases currently in existence. The primary function of the database would be to store, by locality, information on CAS California holdings, and distribute more detailed queries to specific departmental databases. Considerable time and attention will be paid to the further development of automated geocoding tools to allow the efficient regularization of specimen locality data and the inclusion of those data in pre-existing databases. The same computer server on which the central database will be maintained will also serve as a map server, acting as the central resource for distributing geographic data in the form of different kinds of digital maps to users who wish to project collection locality points. It is envisioned that this database -- map server complex would be used extensively by workers inside the Academy to access high quality digital map resources, and by diverse outside interests (including our physical and virtual visitorship) seeking information on CAS California collections. "see Clickable Map of California Floristic Regions . Also: Sherman Chickering California Wildlflower Image Library: Online Catalog of over 350 wildlflower images " See also The Manzanita Project: CalPhotos: Plants.for online access to over 19,428 images of plants . ..CAS Species of Fishes Catalog - information for 53,500 species of fishes. Departments: ANTHROPOLOGY, AQUATIC BIOLOGY, BOTANY, ENTOMOLOGY: World Checklist of Extant Mecoptera Species, HERPETOLOGY, ICHTHYOLOGY, INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY AND GEOLOGY: Diatoms Echinoderm Home Page, ORNITHOLOGY AND MAMMALOGY, LIBRARY: Biodiversity Center, Research Resources Internet Links. See also: The Biodiversity Resource Center: "an environmental library located on the exhibit floor of the California Academy of Sciences. The Center provides direct access to the variety of informational resources which describe biodiversity and human efforts to preserve it. " See also: The Academy Library, "founded in 1853, is a major research library devoted to natural history and the natural sciences....Total collection size is approximately 180,000 volumes, with over 2,600 current serial titles. The Academy Library is a depository for U.S. Geological Survey geologic maps and topographic maps of the western United States. The Library also collects maps for other areas in which the Academy has research interests, and maintains extensive holdings of local, regional, national, and foreign gazetteers and other cartographic aids." Calwild Newsletter Online .

Cornell HYDROECOLOGY & FISH BIOLOGY page, (NY Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, 208 Fernow Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 . tel:607-255-2840, FAX:607-255-1895 . contact: Mark B. Bain E-mail: mbb1@cornell.edu ) Research Areas: Watershed Biodiversity Conservation, Sturgeon of the Hudson River, Aquatic Systems Analysis, New York Fisheries, Stream Ecology Course.

EE-Link Endangered Species page . (Main Partner: North American Assn. for Environmental Education, 1825 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20009-5708 USA, Phone: (202) 884-8912 Fax: (202) 884-8455. web contact: Paul Nowak, mailto:p-nowak@eelink.net) . . (see under ECP Education) . "Consistent with the key principles of environmental education, our mission is to spread information and ideas that will help educators explore the environment and investigate current issues with students...Much of the information here originates from the US Fish and Wildlife Service but has been formatted for WWW by EE-Link. (E.g. the clickable regional map and regional species lists.)" Excellent Search Function . Endangered Species Account, Photos, Laws, Educational Ideas, Taking Action, Groups active in Species Protection and Species Recovery...

Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami Fl c96 . (Fairchild Tropical Garden Research Center, 11935 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156 USA. tel: 305/667-1651. Fax 305/661-8953 GIS Contact: Kit Kernan, Conservation Ecologist, ext 3416 . email:kernanc@fiu.edu . OR mailto:kernanc@servms.fiu.edu ) "The mission of Fairchild Tropical Garden is to meet the highest standards in collections, landscape design, and horticulture; to be a primary information source for tropical plants through research and education; and to inspire positive attitudes and behavior toward the environment...The plants and environments of the South Florida region represent a key priority of Fairchild Tropical Garden. Conservation activities include endangered species status surveys, monitoring and mapping of populations of endangered and threatened species, habitat-level vegetation inventories for sites of conservation concern, ecological studies of endangered species, species-level studies of reproductive biology and cultivation requirements, and reinstating populations of endangered species in the wild...Working with satellite-based GIS/GPS technologies, Fairchild conservation ecologists are engaged in research studies to survey endangered and threatened ecosystems in Florida and the greater Caribbean region. With the goal of rapid assessment and analysis of the conservation status of natural areas, Fairchild scientists work in cooperation with local researchers and land managers to devise responsible and effective resource management strategies. ." see their MAPS page for sampling of local maps. See also FLORIDA FLORA PICTURE GALLERY .

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville FL cs97 . (Florida Museum of Natural History, Powell Hall, Hull Road and SW 34th Street, PO Box 112710, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611-2710 tel:352-846-2000 Gis Contact: Dick Ruble, Programmer Analyst & Webmaster, Office of Museum Technology, tel: (352)392-1721 . email:druble@flmnh.ufl.edu) "The Florida Museum of Natural History is the largest natural history museum in the southern United States, holding more than 16,000,000 specimens of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, mollusks, butterflies, vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, Recent and fossil plants, and associated databases and libraries in the main museum building, J.C. Dickinson Hall, and in Rolfs Hall on the University of Florida Campus, Gainesville, and in the Allyn Museum of Entomology in Sarasota.". The new The Center for Natural History Investigation will have "A bank of 15 multimedia computers that will be outfitted for research, including a digital sonograph system and a GIS mapping system. ". . see .Herpetology on the Web, nice list of links .see also: Herpetology . SEARCH . "The Florida Biotic Information Consortium (FBIC) is committed to identifying and making available to researchers information which deals with Florida's biotic communities." See their Extensive Links to Downloadable Florida Databases . see also Biodiversity Links Page . see also Natural Sciences World Wide Newsletter .

FAO Global Plant Protection Information System (FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy Tel.: +39.0657051 Fax: +39.0657053152 . email:plantinfo@fao.org, GPPIS Supervisor.Tony Putter, mailto:tony.putter@fao.org fax:+39 6 57056347) an "electronic, interactive, multimedia compendium of plant protection information..This system was created in accordance with the function assigned to FAO by Article I.1 of its Constitution, i.e. to collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information relating to nutrition, food and agriculture. The information in this system has the same technical standing as data published in scientific literature, from which it is often drawn." SEARCH .

Harvard University Herbaria . ( 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge Massachusetts 02138, USA. fax:(617) 495-2365, fax:(617) 495-9484 Director: Dr. Michael J. Donoghue mailto:mdonoghue@oeb.harvard.edu) Databases: Gray Herbarium Index of New World Plants, Harvard University Herbaria Type Specimen Database,Treebase, A database of phylogenetic knowledge, Botanical Collectors database and many others. See Also: Arnold Arboretum: (125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain MA 02130-3519) "The Arnold Arboretum is a research and educational institution. It manages a collection of hardy trees, shrubs, and vines located on 265 acres in Boston, Massachusetts and associated herbarium and library collections. The grounds were planned and designed by the Arboretum's first director, Charles Sprague Sargent, in collaboration with the landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted as part of Boston's Emerald Necklace park system." Don't Miss The Institute for Culture Landscape Studies: (see below)

Harvard University Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies: ( The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3500 tel:617-524-1718 ext.175 (please leave a message) FAX 617-524-1418 mailto:icls@arnarb.harvard.edu) "The Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies was founded in 1997. We work in the overlap among three interrelated fields: historic preservation, natural areas conservation, and land use planning. The Institute works closely with other nonprofit organizations and public agencies to conduct research on emerging landscape issues, give citizens and other decisionmakers more efficient access to specialized knowledge, and foster communication and critical thinking across disciplines and professions. " ILCS Project: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Cultural Landscapes . an excellent introduction and tutorial on the issues of GIS planning and implementation (see under ECP training section)


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