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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geography, 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)

The Tree of Life . by David R. Maddison and Wayne P. Maddison, University of Arizona, and many contributors. Contact: Department of Entomology University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 85721 U.S.A. tel:(520) 621-9781 FAX: (520) 621-1150 ) The most interesting and far-reaching application of web resources to biological science. "The Tree of Life is a project designed to contain information about the phylogenetic relationships and characteristics of organisms, to illustrate the diversity and unity of living organisms, and to link biological information available on the Internet in the form of a phylogenetic navigator...more than 1270 pages currently in the Tree, housed on 18 computers in three countries.." Conservationists shouldn't miss: An introduction to phylogenetic biology. .

Texas A&M Bioinformatics Working Group . (Department of Biology, MS 3258, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843 Curator: Dr Hugh D. Wilson tel:409-845-3354 ) "Research activities of the TAMU-BWG are based on the presence of significant problems in the general area of bioinformatics data development/presentation and the potential for efficient solutions offered by the World Wide Web (WWW).

Texas A&M University Dept. of Biology Herbarium . (Department of Biology, MS 3258, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843 Herbarium Curator: Dr Hugh D. Wilson tel:409-845-3354 The Biology Department Herbarium, housing nearly 50,000 dried plant specimens, has grown 10-fold since its initiation as a departmental facility in 1975....While relatively small, the Department of Biology stands with the herbarium at Sam Houston State University as the only Texas herbaria with fully computerized specimen data.

Texas A&M Center for the Study of Digital Libraries .( Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA 77843-3112 Tel:409-862-3217 Fax: 01-409-847-8578 ..."Before these sources can be combined into realistic, full-scale digital libraries, fundamental research must be performed in areas such as information representation, presentation, and retrieval; human-computer interaction; hypermedia and hyperbase systems; computer-supported collaborative work; distributed multimedia systems; and broadband networking."

Texas A&M University Plant Diversity Center .Defunct? Welcome to the Home Page of the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Plant Diversity Information Center (PDIC), which is a collaborative effort by the: W.M. Keck Center for Genome Informatics (Leland Ellis), Department of Biology (Hugh Wilson), Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management (Stephan Hatch), and the Texas Organization for Endangered Species (TOES) . Databases: Endangered/Threatened Plant Tax of the Texas Flora, Texas Plant Collection Data, Base Information on all Texas Plants

Texas Natural History Collections, University of Texas .(2400 Trinity, University of Texas, Austin, TX, )Today TNHC's vertebrate natural history collections consist of approximately 23,000 lots of fish, 55,000 reptile and amphibian specimens, 7,000 mammals and 2,000 birds. DATA: Any use of data from TNHC databases must be acknowledged, including a statement that the specimen-linked database from which the data were derived is maintained by the Texas Natural History Collection of the Texas Memorial Museum of the University of Texas at Austin....Ichthyology - Includes an online searchable Fish Collection database, general information about the collection, fish distribution maps, and Links to other fish-related sites....Herpetology - Includes the online searchable Herp Collection database...many others.

University of California Berkeley Image Libraries Project . (Dr. Robert Wilensky, Principal Investigator, Computer Science Division and School of Information Management and Systems, 721 Soda Hall, University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 TEL:(510) 642-7034 FAX:(510) 643-1534 email:wilensky@CS.Berkeley.EDU ) "As of 1999, more than 70,000 images are available for online searching. The images are the basis for our computer vision research, and many of them are also linked to other datasets we have online...Most of our data is in the public domain, and may be freely used for non-commercial purposes. With the exception of the Corel images, our image collection is available for other researchers to use. ...The images contained in the CalPhotos California Plants & Habitats pictures database (based on the work of Brother Eric Vogel of St. Mary's College) are available for non-commercial (non-profit) use without prior permission. This includes use in school reports, non-profit flyers and web pages. For non-profit web use, we suggest that you link to the image as described here, rather than down-loading the image. Please credit the photographer on any photos you use; we would also appreciate hearing how you have used the photos. " See also Other Images, Taxonomic, GIS and Geographic Dataset Downloads here in the ECP data sources section.

UK Natural History Museum .(The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD , United Kingdom . tel:+44 (0)207-942 5371 OR +44 (0)207-942 5372 . Fax: +44 (0)207-942 5349 GIS Contact: David Lees ) "dedicated to furthering the understanding of the natural world through its unrivalled collections, its world class exhibitions and education, and through its internationally significant program of scientific research. see Great Links to General Natural History Information Sources . "Since its establishment in 1996, the Biodiversity Information Unit has focused on the development of: Printed and electronic information products; Biodiversity consultant services and Education and training facilities " "The Biogeography & Conservation Lab's research program is a specific Natural History Museum (NHM) response to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the lab is now an active partner in many national and international biodiversity initiatives. Its mission is to develop and apply appropriate, explicit and accountable methods to tackle problems in biogeography and in biodiversity assessment to meet conservation needs at any spatial scale (it does not provide data). It works in collaboration with the NHM Biodiversity Information Unit to create high quality biodiversity information products and services, tailored to meet the needs of different users, including natural resource managers, conservation planners and biodiversity specialists. " Their GIS and Mapping work is nicely summed up in the background and tutorial pages here, esp : MEASURING BIODIVERSITY VALUE .and . ASSESSING CONSERVATION PRIORITY & GAP ANALYSIS. Check out their Worldmap GIS software: "The WORLDMAP project was begun in 1988 in response to the need for a platform on which to research and develop new analytical tools for biologists. It is based on the same database - analytical tools - map graphics model as many commercial geographic information systems (GISs). Yet unlike commercial GISs, rather than concentrating on database and graphics flexibility, WORLDMAP is designed to perform specialist biological analyses for unlimited numbers of species" see also: SEARCH .

UK Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew England e94 . (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey, TW9 3AB, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 181 332 5000 Fax: +44 (0) 181 332 5197 GIS Contacts: Justin Moat, GIS Scientist, Malagasy Plant Biodiversity Project . also . David Du Puy, Research Botanist, Malagasy Plant Biodiversity Project "The mission of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is to enable better management of the earth's environment by increasing knowledge and understanding of the plant kingdom. You can now query and download data held in databases at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew via your web browser. Centre for Economic Botany (CEB) has SEPASAL (the Survey of Economic Plants for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands)" Their GIS WORK is concentrated in the Madagascar GIS project, which contains many excellent maps and thorough, scholarly presentations of GIS analysis for biogeography. "The GIS component of the Madagascar Biodiversity Project was initially a pilot study. It has demonstrated the great potential of GIS for botanists, specifically where their work includes mapping plant species distributions, and correlating these distributions with physical or climatic parameters. The altitudinal ranges, vegetation and geological type preferences, and climatic constraints on species distributions, for example, can be given with far greater accuracy than can be derived from the label data alone. These are fundamental data which are regularly incorporated into floristic and revisionary research." Don't Miss: MADAGASCAR: Vegetation Mapping and Biodiversity Conservation (using Geographical Information Systems) . also see their Madagascar Data Download , Brunei GIS, . SEARCH .

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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


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