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Award Abstract #1305066

Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: Fossil Insect Collaborative: A Deep-Time Approach to Studying Diversification and Response to Environmental Change

Div Of Biological Infrastructure
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Initial Amendment Date: April 22, 2013
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Latest Amendment Date: June 29, 2015
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Award Number: 1305066
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Award Instrument: Continuing 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: June 30, 2017 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $756,801.00
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Investigator(s): Dena Smith dena@colorado.edu (Principal Investigator)
Talia Karim (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Colorado at Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Room 481
Boulder, CO 80309-0572 (303)492-6221
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NSF Program(s): Digitization,
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Program Reference Code(s): 6895, 7459
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Program Element Code(s): 6895, 7459


Fossil insects provide a unique deep-time record of ecological and evolutionary response to past environmental changes and therefore are invaluable for understanding the impacts of climate change on the current biodiversity crisis. Given current models of future climate change and the important role that insects play in human society (biodiversity, pests, pollination, vectors of disease) the ability to access these data and make predictions about future insect populations becomes even more urgent. The Fossil Insect Collaborative will make available all the major collections of fossil insect specimens in the United States by creating electronic specimen records consisting of digital images and associated collection data.

The digitized fossil insect collections will be made broadly accessible to the research community, K-16 education, government and industry, the general public, and the media through the project website and a central site integrating all the paleobiological Thematic Collections Networks called iDigPaleo. Mobile apps and activities that allow a wide variety of users to experience and interact directly with the collections data will be developed. 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 the national resource (iDigBio.org).


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