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Tools, Standards, Techniques, and Methods for Using Herbarium Specimens in Phenological Research

Nelson, Gil [1], Yost, Jenn [2], Ellwood, Elizabeth [2], SOLTIS, PAMELA S. [2].

Tools, Standards, Techniques, and Methods for Using Herbarium Specimens in Phenological Research.

Herbarium specimens are among the best resources for researching and understanding long-term phenological trends and changes in local, regional, and national floras and for evaluating the ecological impact of shifting phenophase synchronicity of plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates. Several major challenges exist for making digital herbarium data accessible for phenological research and for effective methods for studying phenological synchronicity: 1) tools for mass extraction of phenological characters from herbarium sheets, 2) data standards that enhance comparability and synchronization of phenological data across the botanical and zoological domains, 3) protocols for quickly, efficiently, and preferably automatically scoring phenophases represented on herbarium sheets, 4) improvements in data aggregation and novel research methodologies that promote Big Data analytics across very large datasets and multiple biodiversity domains, and 5) linking crowd-sourced data back to source records and databases. This symposium will delve in part into each of these issues. Relevance: Plant phenology and its synchronicity with other organisms as well as with changing climate is integral to botanical research.

1 - Florida State University, iDigBio, 157 Leonards Dr, Thomasville, GA, 31792, United States
2 -

digital data
crowd sourcing
herbarium specimens
image mining

Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
Abstract ID:17
Candidate for Awards:None

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