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The Big Sky Institute at Montana State University is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to creating, applying, and communicating science-based knowledge. The BSI Ecological Informatics Lab brings together natural sciences, geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, modeling, information technology, and computational programming with a comprehensive goal of making ecological data more useful to society. BSI partners with several NBII Nodes to disseminate information and to create value-added tools for interacting with data.

About This Node

Image: Tuolomne Meadows, Yosemite National Park [Photo: Ken Karst, National Park Service]

From the deserts to the redwood forests, California encompasses the most diverse biological region in the West. Home to more than 34 million residents, the state faces many issues that affect the landscape, wildlife, and people. Sharing and integrating information and data holdings from multiple institutions across the region can help address these challenges.

The California Information Node (CAIN) provides access to data and information about California's environment. In addition to offering a website gateway to environmental information, CAIN is coordinating among data owners and informatics researchers to develop and test new tools to make important biodiversity data easier to locate and use. For more information about projects supported by CAIN, visit our Supported Projects page.

Our Partners
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CalFlora is a non-profit organization providing information on California plant biodiversity for conservation, research, and education. They are collaborating with the NBII California Information Node to develop integrated methodologies for data systems and taxonomy, and to provide online access to species distribution maps, photographs, and species fact sheets.
Partner Type: Non-profit Organization Partners
Node Affiliation: California Node
ExpandCalifornia Department of Fish and Game
ExpandCalifornia Department of Food and Agriculture ( CDFA )
ExpandCalifornia Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
ExpandCalifornia Department of Transportation ( CalTrans )
ExpandCalifornia Environmental Resources Evaluation System ( CERES )
ExpandCalifornia Invasives Plant Council
ExpandCalifornia Legacy Project
ExpandCalifornia Resources Agency
ExpandMontana State University, Big Sky Institute
ExpandPRBO Conservation Sciences
ExpandSonoma Ecology Center
ExpandTeam Arundo del Norte
ExpandThe Nature Conservancy ( TNC )
ExpandU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( USFWS )
ExpandU.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
ExpandU.S. Geological Survey, Colorado Plateau Research Station
ExpandU.S. Geological Survey, Florida Integrated Science Center ( USGS-FISC )
ExpandU.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center (USGS-WERC)
ExpandUniversity of California-Davis, Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing ( CSTARS )
ExpandUniversity of California-Davis, Information Center for the Environment ( ICE )
ExpandUniversity of California-Davis, Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization

California Fact Sheet

California Fact Sheet

The NBII's California Information Node (CAIN) demonstrates solutions for data management, discovery, exchange, and interoperability for data and information critical to California's environmental decision-making process.

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Node Management

Jennifer Carlino
Node Manager
U.S. Geological Survey

Kelly Lotts
Content Manager
Big Sky Institute, Montana State University

Dr. James F. Quinn
Technical Co-Lead
University of California, Davis

Tom Lupo
Technical Co-Lead
California Department of Fish & Game

The NBII Program is administered by the Biological Informatics Program of the U.S. Geological Survey
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