Compositae

04/15/2010 - 04/17/2010

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, 
Chicago, IL, USA

The Compositae contains the largest number of described and accepted species of any plant family, 24,000 – 25,000, with estimates of the total number reaching 30,000. There are currently nearly 1700 genera distributed around the globe, except for Antarctica. Assuming that there are 250,000–350,000 species of flowering plants, then one out of every 8–12 species is in the Compositae (about 10%). The group's monophyly has never been in question.

Phenoscape

03/18/2010 - 03/21/2010

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, 
Chicago, IL, USA

BioSynC hosted the Phenoscape meeting from March 18 - 21, 2010.  The Phenoscape Knowledgebase uses ontologies to integrate phenotypic data and genetic studies, presently for fishes but with several parallel projects also underway for other taxonomic groups. It is a powerful tool for systematics, developmental biology, and genomics research.

Freshwater Clams

02/01/2010 - 02/05/2010

London, England

Freshwater Clams is the second in a series focused on the synthesis of data on aquatic species (the first focused on crayfish), this meeting aims to collate and summarize data on freshwater clams with the goal of establishing red-list status. Hosted by proposer and partner, the Zoological Society of London, the meeting produced detailed species summaries, EOL curators, and newsworthy red-list information on bivalves.

Ants

11/05/2009 - 11/07/2009

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, 
Chicago, IL, USA

With over 12,000 described species and many more awaiting description and discovery, ants are one of the most ecologically and numerically abundant of the planet’s megadiverse groups. In this second meeting of a series, ant biologists from around the world came together to further the goals of those working with this taxonomically diverse group of providing freely available online taxonomic tools including a complete taxonomic catalog, images of type specimens and other specimens, distribution data, and general biological notes available to the Encyclopedia of Life website and others via Antweb.org.

Species Accounts

10/22/2009 - 10/25/2009

Biodiversity Synthesis Center, The Field Museum, 
Chicago, IL, USA

On October 22-24, the Biodiversity Synthesis Center hosted an EOL workshop in conjunction with EOL partner Animal Diversity Web. The workshop goals were to broaden the reach and increase the effectiveness of university students authoring species accounts. A diverse group of 22 participants from four countries assembled to present different programs that involve student authorship and gathering of species data.