“Map of Life” Project Aspires to Understand and Save World’s Biodiversity

A new, web-based “Map of Life” is being developed by a team of researchers from Yale University and the University of Colorado Boulder. The purpose of the online tool is to show how living plants and animals are distributed around the planet.

A small but powerful next step is to provide a means for anyone, anywhere on the globe to use their mobile devices to instantly pull up animal and plant distributions and even get a realistic assessment on the odds of encountering a particular species of wildlife,”

—Robert Guralnick, Associate Professor and curator of invertebrate zoology, Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado

The team has compiled various types of data about life on Earth that has been collected during the past 200 years. In addition to professional scientists, potential users include wildlife and land managers, organizations that focus on conservation efforts, and the general public.

Additional information is available at http://www.mappinglife.org/about.

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Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-05/uoca-no051012.php

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