This is a volunteer science and education organization to study, use, conserve, and enjoy the diversity of life in the Americas. Our founding principle is to forge a partnership among scientists, students, and other citizens both to teach and to learn while doing science. Everyone can contribute to the knowledge needed to better manage and protect biodiversity for the dual purposes of improving our environmental health and economic wellbeing.
Our first mission is to complete a comprehensive study of all the species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park--an ATBI of the Great Smokies. As we gain synergy from this geographically focused effort, we will share our experience and help studies and educational programs elsewhere.
This Web site helps coordinate our activities, provides training and research guidance, and disseminates information on the taxonomy, identification, natural history, and ecology of species. It is an interactive set of documents, images, sounds, databases, and links. Its usefulness will grow as we all contribute. We ask for your help and invite you to get involved.
|Science||In the Science section you'll find out about the ATBI in the Great Smokies.||Education||Under Education you'll find out about a pilot project to train teachers and students how to study biodiversity and put their findings on the Web.|
|Natural History||The Natural History section contains information on species, including checklists for the Smokies.||Events||The Events section tells about upcoming and prior events. It includes travel information.|
|Partners||The Partners section is interactive, providing email addresses and other data on our partners.||Get Involved||The Get Involved section is under construction. It will encourage you to help, enable you to enter information about yourself, and advise you whom to contact.|