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Amateurs as Experts [external website]
'Amateurs as Experts' is a sociological study of contemporary social and knowledge networks set in motion by the UK's policy on biodiversity. It arises from a collaboration between the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy at Lancaster University and the Natural History Museum in London and comes at a time when challenging new developments are occurring within official approaches to the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) process in the UK.
Biodiversity Measurement and Worldmap
The Biogeography & Conservation Lab's research programme is a specific Natural History Museum (NHM) response to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the lab is an active partner in many national and international biodiversity initiatives. Its mission is to develop and apply appropriate, explicit and accountable methods to tackle problems in biogeography and in biodiversity assessment to meet conservation needs at any spatial scale (it does not provide data).
Search Page Biologia Centrali-Americana [external website]
This digital edition of the important and out-of-print Biologia Centrali-Americana makes all 58 biological volumes available. Descriptions of over 50,000 species of animals and plants are now accessible. This is the first step towards a set of electronic resources and knowledge tools for biodiversity studies - the Biologia Centrali-Americana Centennial.
Characterisation of Vegetation Zones Using GIS
Data from satellite images combined with data from vegetation surveys can help foresters in Central America manage and conserve tropical forests.
Coastal Biodiversity in Ranong, Thailand
The primary objective of the Coastal Biodiversity in Ranong project is to provide both primary biodiversity information and training to underpin biodiversity assessment and long-term environmental monitoring. The project will concentrate on non-coral habitats such as sea-grass meadows, mangroves and sandy and muddy sediments. These habitats are less studied but are just as critical as coral systems. A classification scheme together with an inventory of the dominant species found will be created. This will form the basis for future monitoring of the coast.
Search Page Coffee and Biodiversity Conservation in El Salvador
The aim of this work is to promote the conservation of biodiversity by providing the tools, training and information necessary to empower local people to monitor and assess the biodiversity of the forests associated with Shade Coffee farms in El Salvador. The Shade Tree database covers 261 species recorded from shade coffee farms in El Salvador. For each species we have included all of the common names, synonyms (based on synonymy on TROPICOS) and illustrations from our identification guide 'Los √Ārboles de los Cafetales de El Salvador'.
Search Page Dictionary of UK species
Exploring Biodiversity
Insect Biodiversity and Conservation in Thailand
The project aims to provide the first national depository and identification facility for insects, a prerequisite for generating the biological information needed for effective biodiversity conservation in Thailand. UK expertise is being used to establish a focus to help build and maintain the human resources, systems and infrastructure needed to obtain, collate and curate the biological specimens that are the basis for taxonomic knowledge.
Search Page Linnaean Plant Name Typification
Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) introduced the consistent use of binomial names for both plants and animals, validly publishing over 9,000 plant names. Since 1981 the Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project, based at The Natural History Museum, has been collating and cataloguing information on published type designations for Linnaean plant names and, where none exists, has been collaborating with specialists in designating appropriate types.
Plant Information and Technology Transfer in Nepal
The project will involve local researchers being trained at NHM, helping create an expanded, Nepalese-based capability for future work. Meanwhile, the organized and readily available information that will be gathered by this project will be a key resource for the management of proper and sustainable utilization of the plants of Nepal
Search Page Plants and Fungi used in Homeopathy
This website is about the plants and fungi used in homeopathic remedies. A searchable database details hundreds of plants and fungi as well as lichens, brown and red algae.