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AmphibiaWeb featured on Scientific American Website

The video feature on the Scientific American Website focuses on Dave Wake, amphibians, and AmphibiaWeb. Of particular note is the recording of the 7,000th species on the AmphibaWeb pages.

View the video on theScientific American Website.

(posted on August 30th, 2012)

Scientists Look to Past to Predict Future

New grants from the W. M. Keck Foundation will and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will help BNHM scientists build datasets and informatics tools to help understand past changes in climate, which will in turn aid in forecasting future changes in climate. One of the goals of this much needed funding will be used to digitize specimens collected in the museums dating over the last 100 years.

Read more about this project at the Berkeley NewsCenter.

(posted on June 14th, 2012)

An Important Advance in Systematics of California Plants: The Jepson eFlora

The Jepson eFlora initially parallels the second edition of The Jepson Manual, Vascular Plants of California, which is the work of 300 authors and editors being published by the University of California Press. The eFlora includes all of the taxonomic treatments of the print Manual and has in addition treatments for taxa that were excluded from the print Manual because of doubts about naturalization status. Interactive distribution maps linked to specimen data from the Consortium of California Herbaria are included. Words that were abbreviated to save space in the print Manual have been expanded. Keys are linked to the treatments to which they refer. Accepted names and synonyms can be searched for. The eFlora is linked to the Jepson Online Interchange, and from there to numerous electronic tools.

The Jepson Herbarium will work with the treatment authors and users to keep the eFlora in sync with advances in California botanical knowledge.

Read more about the Jepson eFlora.

(posted on December 7th, 2011)

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