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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)


-Illinois Natural History Survey ( Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office Of Scientific Research & Analysis, 524 S. 2nd Street, 4th FL, Springfield, IL 62701 General tel:217/333-9059 . . GIS Contact: Mark Joselyn, Center for Wildlife Ecology, 607 East Peabody Drive, Room 272 Champaign, Illinois 61820 tel:(217) 244-2160 email: mailto:joselyn@uiuc.edu) "The Natural History Survey acquires, organizes, and utilizes collections and associated data pertaining to all aspects of the biotic resources of Illinois. This Division performs scientific inquiry concerning the diversity, life histories, growth and development, ecology, population dynamics, ecosystem properties, and management of the biotic resources of Illinois. " INHS Biodiversity Research Projects . GIS PROGRAM AT INHS: "The GIS at the Illinois Natural History Survey does not stand alone. It is part of a department-wide group of offices and divisions that use GIS technologies. These include: Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, Waste Management and Research Center, Illinois State Museum, Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals, and Illinois Office of Realty and Environmental Planning.. In the spirit of cooperation and to avoid duplication of effort, GIS data are freely shared between these offices and divisions of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources." GIS Projects at INHS : Landcover Mapping Project, Modelling the Wetlands of Illinois, . Collections Databases: Mollusk, Fish, Amphibian & Reptile, List of Illinois Species...Center for Biodiversity, Center for Wildlife Ecology, Center for Aquatic Ecology . Spatial Analysis and Habitat Modelling Lab Projects: Breeding Bird Survey, Critical Trends Assessment, Illinois GAP Analysis. SEARCH .

Integrated Botanical Information System . (GPO Box 1777 Canberra ACT, 2601 AUSTRALIA Tel: 02-62509450 contact: Jim Croft (jrc@anbg.gov.au)) A project of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Interagency Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) . (Director: Dr. Michael Ruggiero email:mike_ruggiero@nbs.gov . Also Contact: Barbara Lamborne, EPA Office of Information Resources Management . email:lamborne.barbara@epamail.epa.gov, tel:202/260-3643) .".ITIS is a database that offers quality taxonomic information of flora and fauna from both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. ITIS is the product of a partnership of Federal agencies collaborating with systematists in the Federal, state, and private sectors to provide scientifically credible taxonomic information...NOTE: The initial on-line ITIS database contains information from the National Oceanographic Data Center's (NODC) Taxonomic Code Version 8.0. Certain groups (see ITIS Data Status) are currently undergoing ITIS review and will be updated shortly. You can Query, Download or Generate Reports. Data Sources: Biosystematic Information on Terrestrial Arthropods (BIOTA), NBS Biological Survey Project Checklist of Vertebrates, National Oceanographic Data Center, NRCS PLANTS database.

Internet Directory for Botany, (by Raino Lampinen, Botanical Museum-Finnish Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 7, FIN-00014, Helsinki University, FINLAND tel:(358-9) 191 8629 fax: (358-9) 191 8629.email:Raino.Lampinen@Helsinki.Fi) . Over 4,000 links . see especially: Software section . and Cartographic Links for Botanists.

International Species Information System . (12101 Johnny Cake Ridge Road Apple Valley, MN 55124-8151 USA . Executive Director:Nate Flesness email:nate@isis.org ) "ISIS is an international non-profit membership organization (U.S. 501c3) which serves nearly 500 zoological institutional members, from 54 ..Information is available on 250,000 living specimens of 6,000 species, along with an additional 750,000 of their ancestors. Most of these specimens were bred in member facilities.countries, worldwide."

Jepson Herbarium, UC  Berkeley CA . (1001 Valley Life Sciences Building, # 2465, Berkeley, CA 94720-2465 University Herbarium:(510) 642-2465 Jepson Herbarium: (510) 643-7008 FAX: (510) 643-5390 generam email:herbaria@ucjeps.herb.berkeley.edu Director: Prof. Brent D. Mishler, email:bmishler@socrates.berkeley.edu) "With a current combined total of ca. 1,800,000 accessioned specimens, the University Herbarium (UC) and Jepson Herbarium (JEPS) represent the largest collection of herbarium material west of the Missouri Botanical Garden and the largest at a public university in the United States...On-line Resources of the University and Jepson Herbaria: Specimen Management System for California Herbaria (SMASCH), Jepson Place Name Index, Phycology Resources .

Kentucky Native Plant Society (KNPS) Ky e97 . (16 Winn School Rd, Glasgow, KY 42101 USA tel:(502)-646-4060 Fax:(502) 646-5857 Gis Contact: Charlie Lapham, E-mail: lapham@scrtc.blue.net .) "The Kentucky Native Plant Society was founded in 1986 for everyone interested in native plants and wildflowers in Kentucky. With over 800 members in Kentucky and surrounding states, the KNPS is a leader in promoting education about, appreciation for, and conservation of our native plants....The software effort commenced in earnest in late 1995: Charlie Lapham and Dr. Ron Jones have developed a Microsoft access application for creating databases for herbarium collections called Index Kentuckiensis (IK). It is owned by KNPS. It is general enough so it can be used with personal data sets as well as herbarium data sets. It includes map-making capability through the integration of MicroCAM. This is generally sufficient but ArcView compatibility has been considered essential because of the limits of MicroCAM. "

Minnesota Zoo, Minneapolis MN e97 . (13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, MN, 55124 FAX (612) 431-9301 Conservation Department tel:612-431-9206 . GIS Contacts: James L. David Smith, Department of Fishereis and Wildlife, University of Minnesota, 200 Hodson Hall, 1980 Folwell Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108 email:dsmith@forestry.umn.edu, or Ron Tilson, Sumatran Tiger Project) ."Our collection currently stands at about 2,300 animals, with 105 animals representing 15 species on the United States Endangered Species Act list. We are involved with national and international programs to breed and preserve these species. Tiger Information Center: This Web Site and the 1-800-5Tigers information line were created to provide the public, scientific, and conservation communities with an international forum for exchanging information relevant to the preservation of wild tigers across Asia and in zoos worldwide...TIGER GIS WORKSHOP: "The first Geographic Information System (GIS) Workshop of Mapping Tiger Populations was held at the Royal Forest Department of Thailand in Bangkok...." SUMATRAN TIGER PROJECT: "The Indonesian Sumatran Tiger Project is a collaborative study involving the Indonesian Department of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation (PHPA), Taman Safari Indonesia, and the IUCN/SSC CBSG Tiger GASP...This long-term field study is designed to develop a cost-effective field censusing system for wild tigers using ground-based census counts, remote camera census, and radiotelemetry...". Tiger Habitat Corridors in Far East Russia, Northeast China, and Northern North Korea: Need for a Conservation Strategy (Nice Map). SEARCH .

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO e94. (4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63110 tel:(314)577-9400 GIS Contacts: George E. Schatz -email:schatz@mobot.org , Chris Casado -email:ccasado@mobot.org ). "The Missouri Botanical Garden, since its founding by Henry Shaw in 1859, has grown into an international resource for botanical research...The Garden continues its longstanding commitment to the creation and dissemination of electronic information about plants with enhancements to its World Wide Web and TROPICOS programs...The Conspectus of the Vascular Plants of Madagascar Project is an international, multi-institutional effort involving the Missouri Botanical Garden (MO), the Laboratoire de Phanérogamie (P) of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, the Parc Botanique et Zoologique de Tsimbazaza (TAN), and the Centre National de la Recherche Appliquée au Devéloppement Rural (TEF), whose goal is to make information on all vascular plants occurring in Madagascar widely accessible. see Research Computing Section . . SEARCH .

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL e95 . (4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532-1293 tel:(630)-968-0074 E-mail: trees@mortonarb.org GIS Contact: Dr, Christopher P. Dunn, Research Director) ...Beautiful gardens and landscapes are found throughout the vast grounds. More than 30,000 labeled plants representing over 3,500 different types of plants from around the world contribute a wealth of information to research scientists, arborists, horticulturists, teachers, students, gardeners, and homeowners. Research Program includes support to the Chicago Wilderness Project (see under ECP Conservation section)

Museum Informatics Project (MIP), UC Berkeley e96 . (Museum Informatics Project University of California 110 Doe Library Berkeley, CA 94720-6200 Phone: (510) 642-6533 Fax: (510) 643-8856 E-mail: mipadmin@socrates.berkeley.edu ) "The Museum Informatics Project (MIP), a department of Information Systems and Technology, is a collaborative effort at the University of California, Berkeley, to coordinate the application of information technology in museums and other organized, non-book collections...MIP staff have investigated GIS software trends and the use of spatial query and reporting tools in museum information systems. GIS software and demonstration data sets have been implemented using data from the Specimen Management System for California Herbaria project. MIP has also participated in the UCB GIS Task Force and in national and international collaborative collections-based GIS research activities. Our major goal in this area for the 96 / 97 fiscal year is to obtain a campus-wide site license for Environmental Sciences Research Institute (ESRI) products including ArcInfo and ArcView in collaboration with the UCB GIS Task Force. ..STANDARDS PROJECT: The Museum Informatics Project promotes a standards-based approach to museum computing on the Berkeley campus and works with campus units, other institutions, organizations, companies, and individuals to influence and guide the direction and development of international standards for museum informatics.

Museum of Vertebrate Paleontology, UC Berkeley . The Museum's enormous collections are ranked 4th in America in size, and include protists, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates...online fish collections database

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Botany Department (Department of Botany ,National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560 U.S.A. Phone: (202) 786-2518 FAX: (202) 786-2563 Vicki Funk, Curator of Botany mailto:funkv@nmnh.si.edu) .. see: Biological Diversity of the Guianas Program "The Biological Diversity of the Guianas (BDG) is a field-oriented program of the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, that has been operating since 1983. The goal of the BDG is to study, document and preserve the biological diversity of the Guianas. Originally the program was confined to botany; it has since expanded to include the faunal studies with entomologists and zoologists regularly participating in expeditions." see also: A New Victorian Age For Biodiversity by Robert DeFilipps : "Technical studies and inventories of species richness and areas of endemism in the Guianas, often plugged into standard GIS (Geographic Information System) methodology for modelling of non-biotic data such as latitude/longitude, rainfall and elevation, are yielding hard data for analysis. The results will aid in predicting, with a high level of confidence, the distribution of species and concomitantly the sites of areas rich in biodiversity which may thus qualify for status as newly proclaimed national parks. As a result, the eastern Kanuku Mountains of Guyana, for example, seem ripe for designation as a national park in the future. Through GIS, park boundaries can thus be situated in affirmation of a burgeoning ecological awareness in the Guianas which, often unfortunately, is accompanied by irregular but increasingly frequent spurts of resource harvest that occur in the interest of economic progress. " ALso see Laurence J. Dorr: Projects; application of GIS to distribution mapping.


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996

 

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