SDM Workshops

Lasthenia californica

The rapid rise of online biodiversity collections repositories like GBIF and citizen science initiatives like iNaturalist have enabled amazing advancements in evolutionary biology, biogeography, and conservation. Nonetheless, straightforward analysis of specimen and observational data is frequently encumbered by inaccuracies. As a result, these data must always be “cleaned” before use, but steps in cleaning procedures and common but hidden pitfalls along the way are challenging to address.

In this webinar we provide entry points for going from ‘download to data’ for all kinds of specimen/observational data (animal, plant, fungi, etc.), including:

  • Online biodiversity specimen repositories and differences between them, including tips and tricks for downloading biodiversity data
  • A reproducible, transparent workflow for ensuring:
    • Taxonomic integrity (taxonomic name resolution)
    • Temporal accuracy (dates, collectors)
    • A full account of geographic location uncertainty (georeferencing, coordinate precision versus uncertainty)
  • How to report these procedures in publications

Please join us for this free webinar organized by researchers at the Missouri Botanical Garden!

April 9th, 2020, from 1 to 2:30 pm Central Standard Time.

Registration (free but limited):–g.

All materials including data files and tutorials (also available below) (183 MB – last updated 1 January 2020)

Past workshops

Ecological Society of America, August 2018

Society for Conservation Biology, July 2016

Wichita State University, May, 2016

Kansas State University, February, 2016

Kansas State University, 2012

Missouri Botanical Garden, 2012

Society for Conservation Biology, 2012

“The Species-area Relationship (SAR) in Conservation Biology” Lecture in Stan Braude’s conservation biology course, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011 and 2012.