Progress report to NBII, September, 2010

Cooperative research on biodiversity informatics:
Creation of web-based tools for invasive species identification, reporting
mapping, and other biodiversity information

Cooperative Agreement
The Polistes Foundation

John Pickering
University of Georgia, Athens

Progress Report 30 September, 2010

Updated: 17 December, 2010

Deliverable: Identification Guides (due October 2010)
Progress 15 June-15 September:
Diagnostic photographs of plant species: Students took more than 18,000 diagnostic images of 644 species. Because we collected images from botanical gardens, horticultural greenhouses and plant nurseries as well as natural areas, we were able to collect images of many non-native species. We are in the process of incorporating and verifying names from these exotic plants so that we can add them to the guides. We are nearly finished reconciling lists of names from two moth checklists - Moths of North America and Nearctica. Each listed over 11,000 names, of which 3,500 did not agree. We have corrected these names in our lists. External Web site integration into plant guide mash-ups: We have harvested plant species names, images and information from and and are in the process of integrating other sites.

Deliverable: Smart phone capabilities
Progress 15 June-15 September:
We will resume this work in late October with the return of staff members who are key to the project.

Deliverable: Outreach
Progress 15 June-15 September:
Teach photography protocols: We conducted workshops to teach photography protocols and the use of our identification guides at Highlands Biological Station (NC) and Mountain Lake Biological Station (VA). Moth Party events: We presented our protocols for collecting moth data at Moth Party events at Balsam Mountain Preserve (NC) and Highlands Biological Station (NC). Organize Bee Hunt event: A Bee Hunt event and photography workshop is scheduled for late October. Biological Field Station outreach presentation: We presented our web tools to field station directors at the annual meeting of the Organization of Biological Field Stations in September. Early Report on May 2011 Deliverable: Customized plant guides for study sites: We have customized plant guides for the following five study sites: Mountain Lake Biological Station (VA), Highlands Biological Station (NC), Turnipseed Tract, Wake County (NC), Balsam Mountain Preserve (NC), and UGA State Botanical Garden (GA).

Deliverable: Mapping and data integration
Progress 15 June-15 September:
We continue to integrate and update databases for mapping, using our tools and automated programs.

Early Report on Feb 2011 Devliverable:
Progress 15 June-15 September:
We acquired 40 field station partners in 21 states and US territories, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Three of the field stations are international, in Costa Rica and Canada. At each field station we will use existing checklists to build local customized guides to plants, pollinating insects, amphibians, fungi, lichens and slime molds. Field stations will serve as study sites for collecting species information to study invasive species and other large scale impacts.