Date

2019 12:00 AM

Major

Biology

Department

Ecology, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology

College

Agriculture and Life Sciences

Project Advisor

Lori Biederman

Description

The Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, founded in 1909 for “the study of nature in nature,” is owned by the state of Iowa and operated through the Board of Regents. Thousands of early 20th century natural history specimens have recently been rediscovered in cabinets across the campus, including 910 mosses, 5,786 vascular plants, 365 birds, thousands of insects, and hundreds of fungal specimens. An ISU scientist has launched a crowdsourcing effort engaging hundreds of citizen scientists in cataloguing the nearly 8, 500 specimens photographed during the summer of 2018. The value of natural history collections is relatively untapped, with archived specimens revealing the wonder of the biological world as it has existed through time. This repository has incredible potential to aid global change research, providing the data needed to track fluctuations in geographic distributions, phenology, and the spread of diseases. Bringing this massive dataset to light advances our understanding of taxonomy, climate change, conservation, and resource management.

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Capturing Iowa Lakeside Lab's Dark Data

The Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, founded in 1909 for “the study of nature in nature,” is owned by the state of Iowa and operated through the Board of Regents. Thousands of early 20th century natural history specimens have recently been rediscovered in cabinets across the campus, including 910 mosses, 5,786 vascular plants, 365 birds, thousands of insects, and hundreds of fungal specimens. An ISU scientist has launched a crowdsourcing effort engaging hundreds of citizen scientists in cataloguing the nearly 8, 500 specimens photographed during the summer of 2018. The value of natural history collections is relatively untapped, with archived specimens revealing the wonder of the biological world as it has existed through time. This repository has incredible potential to aid global change research, providing the data needed to track fluctuations in geographic distributions, phenology, and the spread of diseases. Bringing this massive dataset to light advances our understanding of taxonomy, climate change, conservation, and resource management.