On 20 May 2015 the annual meeting of the Society for Preservation of Natural History Collections kicked off in Gainesville, Florida with a Plenary Session planned by the NSC Alliance, iDigBio, and the NIBA Research Coordination Network.
The Plenary, â€œCollections for the 21st Century,â€ featured:
– Larry M. Page, Director, iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
In Defense of Specimen Collecting, Natural History Collections, and Bioethics
– Susan Middleton, independent artist, photographer, author and educator, and Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences
Evidence of Evolution: Darwin’s Cabinet of Curiosities
– Erin Tripp, Curator of Botany, Museum of Natural History, and Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado
Endless Forms, Most Useful
– Austin Mast, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
WeDigBioâ€”Public Participation in Digitization of Natural History Collections Hits its Stride
– Quentin Wheeler, President, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York
Time to Grow a Pair: Institutional Leadership, Taxonomy and Natural History
– Robert Gropp, Director, Public Policy Office, AIBS and NSC Alliance, Washington, DC
Building a Networked National Community for Collections
The program, which was broadcast live by iDigBio will also be archived and made available in the coming weeks.