Coral

06/15/2009 - 06/19/2009

Smithsonian Natural History Museum, 
Washington, DC, USA

BioSynC hosted a meeting of marine biologists and paleontologists whose collective expertise encompassed the taxonomy of living and fossil Scleractinia, or ‘stony corals.’ Aiming to find morphological characters that accord more accurately with phylogenetic trees yielded by recent molecular results, the meeting was organized into individual talks and focused break-out groups divided up by sections of the Scleractinian phylogeny.

Choanoflagellates

06/11/2009 - 06/14/2009

Berkeley, CA, USA

Choanoflagellates was co-sponsored by UC Berkeley and brought together two disparate generations of researchers: a group of international senior faculty (experts in the taxonomy, systematics, and biology of these important early metazoans) and junior researchers and graduate students, with the goal of training a future generation of experts while vetting species lists and phylogenies. The meeting produced content on all 150 known named species of choanoflagellates, which will be shared with EOL via micro*scope.

Crayfish

06/08/2009 - 06/12/2009

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

The EOL’s Biodiversity Synthesis Group hosted the first in a series of workshops to assess North American crayfish conservation status for the IUCN Red List and EOL species pages. Featuring twelve scientists from the U.S., Mexico, and the U.K. — all experts on North American crayfish — the meeting consisted of introductory talks and smaller working groups split up according to regional expertise or crayfish taxonomy.

Liverworts

05/26/2009 - 05/29/2009

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

Early land plants, including the liverworts and hornworts, include more than 7,000 living species. This large synthesis meeting of 35 participants collated and synthesized diverse content on the liverworts and hornworts. The group reconciled smaller phylogenies (using BioSynC-developed Phylografter) and collated bibliographies. This meeting produced large bibliographies and PDF libraries for BHL, EOL curators, species page contributions, and a LifeDesk.

Species Distributions

05/20/2009 - 05/23/2009

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

Species Distributions was co-sponsored by EOL Species Pages Group and was the first in a series of meetings to develop new, integrative tools for mapping species distributions. A collaboration with the Informatics Group and GBIF, the meeting spearheaded the new “Map of Life” program, focusing on data integration and modeling. This first meeting developed the conceptual framework for the Map, which will be detailed in a peer-reviewed publication.