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25 May 2016

The Biodiversity Atlas

For the week of May 29, 2016

The Bell Museum of Natural History’s newly launched Biodiversity Atlas provides online access to the museum’s extensive collection of birds, mammals, fishes, plants and fungi. Keith Barker, Curator of Genetic Resources and Interim Curator of Birds at the Bell Museum, discusses the formation of the atlas and the importance of understanding and charting biodiversity in Minnesota and beyond.

  • Part 1

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    (1:20) The Biodiversity Atlas provides greater accessibility to the Bell Museum’s data; (2:17) The atlas has collected over 16,000 species from around the world and over 7,000 species from Minnesota; (3:21) The Bell Museum has been collecting specimens since 1872; (5:50) Preservation of the museum’s specimens; (7:57) The information available on the atlas; (10:42) How scientists and researchers can use this data; (12:01) Understanding species-interaction

  • Part 2

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    (:26) The importance of biodiversity; (2:22) Documenting biodiversity in the region (5:08) The atlas can help study the effects of climate change; (6:30) Updating the atlas and adding more species; (7:50) Citizen scientists can help by visiting zooniverse.org

    The Bell Museum’s Biodiversity Atlas can be found at bellatlas.umn.edu

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