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Archive for January, 2015

28 Jan 2015

Experts Sought for Review of International Biodiversity Assessments

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is seeking experts to review draft reports on pollinators and policy support.

To register for the thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production, complete the registration form at

To register for the policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modeling of biodiversity and ecosystem services, email to request a registration form.

Registration for potential reviewers will close in February. Reviewers will have until 2 March 2015 to complete their work.

21 Jan 2015

Four New Species Discovered in Insect Collections

Four previously unknown cricket species were discovered by a researcher working with insect collections in Spain and Germany. Bruno Massa of the University of Palermo made the discoveries.

“European museums preserved collections containing thousands of specimens coming from all the world in the last two centuries,” Massa said. “Of course, many of them still need to be studied and identified.”

Read the paper in ZooKeys or coverage in The Washington Post.

16 Jan 2015

Awards for Student Herbarium Research

The Society of Herbarium Curators is offering two $500 research grants for students. The awards will be made to students whose research contributes to or uses herbarium resources in ways that augment the collections. Research on any taxa typically accessioned in herbaria including all plant, fungal, lichen, and algal lineages is eligible. Supported activities could include, but are not limited to, fieldwork to generate vouchers for revisionary or floristic work, collecting morphological data from specimens, traveling to herbaria, or making and distributing physical specimens.

Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. The student and the student’s research advisor must be members of the Society of Herbarium Curators at the time of application.

The application deadline is 1 Feb 2015 Learn more at

06 Jan 2015

Participate in the Biological and Ecological Sciences Congressional Visits Day

Scientists, collections managers, and graduate students who are interested in communicating the importance of federal investments in scientific research and education to lawmakers are invited to participate in the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC.

This event is an opportunity for scientists to meet with their members of Congress to discuss the importance of federal funding for biological research and education. Event participants advocate for federal investments in biological sciences research, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation, as well as other federal agencies.

BESC is co-chaired by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the Ecological Society of America.

This year’s event will be held on 13-14 May 2015 in Washington, DC. The first day of the program is a training program that will prepare participants for meetings with congressional offices. The second day is spent on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress and their staff.

There is no cost to participate in this event, but space is limited. BESC and its member organizations are not able to pay/reimburse participants for their travel expenses.

Learn more about the event and express your interest in participating at The deadline to sign up is 13 March 2015.