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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)

Academy of Natural Sciences, Pa e98 . (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 tel:(215)299-1000 GIS Contact: Dr. Thomas Wilke,, also: Biosystems Engineering (W. Cully Hession, Ph.D. (215) 299-1104 "The Academy's Patrick Center has added a Biosystems Engineering Section to its arsenal of research expertise. Central to this new section is the Spatial Analysis/Geographic Information System (GIS) laboratory...Patrick Center scientists utilize the GIS to examine relationships between watershed characteristics and the resulting chemical, physical and biological response of aquatic ecosystems. " GIS Project: "This research effort will help us predict emerging diseases in the Yangtze River Basin of China; to model transmission of schistosomiasis relative to factors of snail-parasite dynamics and cattle-parasite dynamics in such a way as to optimize control and drug administration programs to eliminate schistosomiasis in Poyang Lake.". SEARCH .

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson AZ c96 . (2021 NORTH KINNEY ROAD, TUCSON, AZ, 85743, tel: 520-883-3007, fax: 520-883-2500, email: FPOLLEN@AZSTARNET.COM, GIS contact: Gary Paul Nabhan . Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a non-profit educational institution focusing on natural history and dedicated to fostering public appreciation, knowledge and wise stewardship of the Sonoran Desert region. See their Research Projects and Scientific Publications . esp: Sense of Place Project. see also: Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Seri Indian intergenerational trasmission of ethnoherpetology. see also MIGRATORY POLLINATORS AND THEIR CORRIDORS: CONSERVATION ACROSS BORDERS

Association of Systematics Collections . (Roberta Faul-Zeitler, Executive Director Association of Systematics Collections 1725 K Street, NW, Suite 601 Washington, DC 20006-1401 U.S.A. tel: (202) 835-9050 Fax: (202) 835-7334 Email: "The Association of Systematics Collections is a full-service association whose purpose is to "foster the care, management, preservation and improvement of systematics collections and to facilitate their utilization in s cience and society," (ASC bylaws)...In addition to over 80 institutional members, ASC has 20 affiliate society members representing scientists whose work involves systematics collections. See ONLINE DATABASES ... Information Model for Biological Collections (via MUSE).

The American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (alternate url) is the professional association for public gardens in North America, supporting the public horticulture community in its mission to study, display and conserve plants.

American Museum of Natural History . Research Library (79th St. @ Central Park West New York, New York 10024 USA tel:212-769-5417 fax:212-769-5009 GIS contact: Tom Moritz, Director of the Library, "The collection contains over 485,000 volumes, including books, journals, pamphlets, and reprints and is rich in retrospective materials, some dating to the 15th century. "

American Society of Plant Taxonomists . (Hugh Wilson (Chair) - Texas A&M University "The American Society of Plant Taxonomists promotes research and teaching in the taxonomy, systematics, and phylogeny of vascular and nonvascular plants. Organized in 1935, the Society has a membership of over 1300. "

Biota of North America Program (BONAP) . (Campus Box 3280, Coker Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280 tel:(919) 962-0578 FAX:(919) 962-1625 . Dr. John T. Kartesz, Director mailto: "BONAP, of the the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill maintains a historical tradition of working closely with private organizations and federal government agencies in providing assistance with biogeography, taxonomy, and nomenclature for the North American biota...BONAP offers information on a variety of biological fields including rarity, weediness, nativity, insectivory, plant habit, habitat, duration, biogeography, hardiness, medical value, horticultural values, etc. Currently, several thousand fields are being maintained in a relational database at BONAP, making it one of the largest biological data systems now available. We have recently expanded the geographic scope of BONAP to include the entire northern world (north of the 24th parallel) and presently track nearly 80,000 accepted taxa. Projects: SYNONYMIZED CHECKLIST, STATE-LEVEL DISTRIBUTIONS: BONAP maintains a database for the phytogeographic distribution of all known vascular plants occurring in North America (north of Mexico)., COUNTY-LEVEL DISTRIBUTIONS: The BONAP's state-level geography has been expanded over the recent years to include county-level phytogeography for 26 of the 50 U.S. states" See their new CD-ROM publication of nearly 250,000 national phytogeographic records. ( see Distribution/Diversity mapping at the county level: Arkansas Biodiversity - Vascular Plants.) . , VOUCHERING SYSTEM, MORPHOLOGY AND RELATED FIELDS: Currently, a major effort is underway to encode morphological and other related data fields for all species found within the area treated for the purpose of developing specialized computer keys (polyclaves)., ECOLOGICAL SUMMARIES: Ecological summaries for all major continental ecosystems have been developed., PHOTOGRAPHIC INDEX: To complement the morphological and ecological data, BONAP has initiated the building of a photographic index by reproducing images of color photographic slides and hand drawn illustrations on laser disks and CD ROMS. These images will be distinctively reproduced and linked with all other data fields to further facilitate identification of plant species. See also BONAP's 1999 Online phytogeography data :"This site contains the BONAP's phytogeographic data current to August, 1999, as part of a cooperative effort with USDA/APHIS Center for Plant Health Science and Technology for early detection of invasive species' spread.". see also MIP BONAP Page . USDA NRCS NPDC Bonap Page .

Biodiversity and Biological Collections Web Server : Defunct? devoted to information of interest to systematists and other biologists of the organismic kind...Within these pages you will find information about specimens in biological collections, taxonomic authority files, directories of biologists, reports by various standards bodies (IOPI, ASC, SA2000, etc), an archive of the Taxacom, MUSE-L and CICHLID-L listservs), access to on-line journals (including Flora On-line) and information about MUSE and Delta.

Biodiversity and Ecosystems NEtwork Systematics & Taxonomy page . (By Leland Ellis , Director, W.M. Keck Center for Genome Informatics, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M University, Houston, TX 77030 tel: (713) 677-7607 email: OR Defunct? This page is being developed to provide pointers contributed by members of the BENE community to topics of interest in Systematics and Taxonomy, as well as to point to existing resources.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Ny e98 . (1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, New York, 11225-1099 Contact: Steven Clemants tel:(718) 941-4044, ext. 234; e-mail: "the greenest site on the web: Like all of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's world-renowned publications, our web site aims to offer lots of practical -- and scientifically impeccable -- information to help you create a greener world." GIS Projects: New York Metropolitan Flora Project : Includes hundreds of on-line maps showing flora distributions over the region and their changes thru time. "In 1990 the Garden embarked on the New York Metropolitan Flora project (NYMF), a multi-year effort to document the flora in all counties within a 50-mile radius of New York City, including all of Long Island, southeastern New York State, northern New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut. Understanding the urban landscape is critical in our rapidly urbanizing world. Findings of BBG's Metropolitan Flora Project serve as vital references for those involved in environmental efforts, from preserving rare plants, to planning parks and greenways, to repairing degraded habitats, to designing home gardens in which native plant communities are preserved or restored. " see the Clickable Map . See their GIS Education Outreach Program: "A two-week cooperative learning activity for the AP Biology classroom which relies heavily on the Internet and GIS mapping software (ArcView)." . Metro Green Pages: "The total number of web sites including botanical or environmental information is incredibly high. The Science Department at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has painstakingly visited and evaluated the contents of these sites and offers links to those we feel are especially worthy of your attention." See especially the Geographic-based selector" Interactive Garden Stroll lets you walk thru the virtual garden, navigating via grounds maps and viewing pictures and text of each area..See also Interactive Map of the Cranford Rose Garden . Don't Miss: CherryWatch '99 Animated Blossom Status Map! . . .SEARCH .

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996


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