Friday, July 23, 2010

USGS-NBII Staff To Participate in Ecological Society of America Conference

A number of USGS staff who work in the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Program office, will be participating in the Ecological Society of America (ESA) conference, in Pittsburgh, PA, July 30-August 6.  The themes of the ESA conference center around climate change, interdisicplinary work, and communication and education; NBII projects exist on multiple fronts on these themes. NBII staff will attend ESA sessions on these subjects, network with colleagues, and represent how the NBII supports these three fields. An exhibit booth will be continuously manned throughout the meeting by Bernadette LeMasters, Daniel Phillips, Lisa Zolly, Vivian Hutchison, and Dr. Annette Olson.  Dr. Olson, USGS Scientist and LIFE Lead, is also presenting a poster on the NBII Library of Images From the Environment (LIFE), specifically on how the high-quality biological images within LIFE serve as both interdisciplinary data resources and educational tools.

(Photo: This tree, the ´Ohi´a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha, with its characteristic red blossoms was photographed in the high-elevation montane mists of Kokee state park on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.  Credit: Randolph Femmer /


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