Fungi Species Pages

08/14/2008

TBD, 
State College, PA, USA

This meeting gathered twenty one individuals consisting of experts on fungi and representatives from the EOL to address the following goals:

  • Goal 1: Critique the design of EOL fungal pages; make recommendations.
  • Goal 2: Identify examples of other currently available fungal pages and web resources. What data are available for all species, what data can be used for specific target groups?
  • Goal 3: Develop a strategy for thinking through choices about species or clades that should be a priority for EOL, and for assembling fungal species pages.
  • Goal 4: Identify mechanisms for the future involvement of the world’s mycological community.
  • Goal 5: Identify mechanisms for EOL to communicate its activities to the world’s mycologists, and enable feedback.

Decapods

06/25/2008 - 06/29/2008

The National Taiwan Ocean University, 
Keelung, Taiwan

This meeting focused on the decapoda (crabs, shrimps and their relatives) and involved Twenty three specialists and six students from nine countries. Hosted by Professor Tin Yam Chan at National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), the meeting developed ties between US decapod crustacean biologists working on the NSF Decapod Tree of Life project, and their counterparts in Australasia. Together, they are creating the first comprehensive species list for Decapod crustaceans; approximately 15,000 known species.

Megatree

04/18/2008 - 04/29/2008

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

Knowledge of the Tree of Life can greatly enhance our understanding of the evolution-ecology relationship, an active and dynamic area of current research. A collaborative effort, funded by NCEAS, is currently underway to reconstruct a comprehensive evolutionary tree (phylogeny) of North American vascular plants, and to investigate the geographic pattern of species diversity at a continental scale and how it relates to ecosystem processes.

The scale of this phylogeny is unprecedented, and strategies for assembling trees of this size (about 25,000 species) are not well developed. This method-focused meeting was designed to refine approaches for assembling large phylogenies and to train students in their use.

BryoZone

12/12/2007 - 12/15/2007

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

This meeting focused on the Bryozoa, a cosmopolitan group of aquatic invertebrates that are found in all water depths and salinities, including freshwater. Bryozoans are an important group of microscopic animals that band together to create large skeletonized colonies, similar to tiny coral animals forming coral heads.

TreeViz

12/04/2007

Adobe Corporation, 
San Francisco, CA, USA

This meeting signified the first step in collaborative efforts between a team of Adobe Systems software engineers, the EOL, and Tree-thinking evolutionary biologists. The goal is to develop an intuitive, user-friendly interface to the tree of life and EOL species pages.