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Award Abstract #1304941

Digitization PEN: Digitization of two Important Medium-sized Collections to Join the North American Bryophytes and Lichens TCN

NSF Org: DBI
Div Of Biological Infrastructure
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Initial Amendment Date: March 29, 2013
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Latest Amendment Date: March 29, 2013
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Award Number: 1304941
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Roland Roberts
DBI Div Of Biological Infrastructure
BIO Direct For Biological Sciences
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Start Date: July 1, 2013
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End Date: August 31, 2016 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $70,980.00
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Investigator(s): Patrick Sweeney patrick.sweeney@yale.edu (Principal Investigator)
Michael Donoghue (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: Yale University
Office of Sponsored Projects
New Haven, CT 06520-8327 (203)785-4689
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NSF Program(s): Digitization
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Program Reference Code(s): 6895
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Program Element Code(s): 6895

ABSTRACT

An award is made to join the University of Minnesota (MIN) and the Yale University (YU) herbaria to the North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change Thematic Collections Network (LBCC TCN). A total of 91,300 lichen and bryophyte specimens will be imaged and georeferenced. Historical records of lichens and bryophytes, along with geographic coordinates of collecting localities, are ideally suited for investigating a variety of questions related to global environmental change. The collections included in this PEN are each important regional repositories of North American specimens, and digitizing them will fill a considerable gap in the TCN's goal of digitizing nearly all lichen and bryophyte specimens in North America and add historically important specimens.

Data resulting from this project will be of immediate use to scientists who study how ecosystems respond to climate change and who use lichens and bryophytes as indicators of air quality. Societal benefits of this work include improved understanding of what causes ecosystem change and how environmental change may affect human health, our economy, and our environment. This project introduces a new generation of students to museum collections by offering internships to high school students of diverse backgrounds and by involving undergraduates and graduate students in project activities. This award is made as part of the National Resource for Digitization of Biological Collections through the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections program and all data resulting from this award will be available through iDigBio.org.

 

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