Discover Life in America

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. The usefulness of its documents, images, sounds, databases, and links will grow as we all contribute. We ask for your help and invite you to get involved.

Science Information about the ATBI in the Great Smokies. Education Includes a pilot project to train teachers and students how to study biodiversity and put their findings on the Web.
Natural History Species information, including checklists for the Smokies. Events Upcoming and prior events, including travel information.
Partners Provides email addresses and other data on our partners. Get Involved Please help. Enter information about yourself so that we can contact you.

We moved to in July, 1998. The site will be "under construction" until we complete the ATBI in 2010 and present our findings here. Currently, all pages are in draft form, their accuracy unchecked. We seek your help to collect, present, and correct information. Please get involved, send us input, and help improved this site. -- Pick (

Last modified 17 July, 1998.