EOL/BHL Research Sprint at NESCent - Update 1
A group of researchers has gathered this week in Durham, North Carolina at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) to tackle some fascinating projects about the ecology, evolution, and conservation of biodiversity. What these projects have in common is that that they are all using information from the Encyclopedia of Life or the Biodiversity Heritage Library to answer their questions.
Here are some of the projects:
- Esther Quintero and Anne Thessen are text mining data from EOL and BHL in order to statistically assess the conservation risk of species of Mexican amphibians.
- Elise Larsen and Yan Wong will figure out how to automatically extract color information from EOL images of butterflies. Variation in color may determine species’ responses to habitat edges and to climate change.
- Gordon Burleigh, Scott Chamberlain, Craig McClain, and Meghan Balk are asking if co-occuring sister species in vertebrates show more divergence in body size (for example) than sister species that do not co-occur.
- Nicole Angeli and colleagues, along with Javier Otegui, are considering potential co-extinction of mutualistic species due to range shifts in order to inform conservation planning efforts for at-risk species.
Aside from consumption of copious amounts of coffee, we’re consuming and generating vast amounts of data.
Please stay tuned to the EOL blog for some hints of what we are learning, and follow our progress on Twitter this week via the #eolbhl hashtag.
EOL and BHL acknowledge the Richard Lounsbery Foundation for supporting this exciting research sprint.