August 3, 2012

Grant Awarded to Improve Georeferencing of Fishes Collections

The National Science Foundation has funded "Georeferencing U.S. Fish Collections: a community-based model to georeferencing natural history collections," aFishNet collaborative georeferencing and data enhancement project. This project will result in doubling the number of and geospatially referencing records within the network, further enabling researchers to address important scientific and societal questions in areas such as endangered species conservation, environmental restoration, and global climate change.

The grant, totaling about $2 million awarded to 12 collaborating partner institutions, includes $150,000 for research at KU, including support for equipment, travel and to hire a georeferencing technician. Ed Wiley, curator emeritus in ichthyology, is PI of the grant portion awarded to KU, and Andy Bentley, colllections manager of ichthyology, and Nancy Holcroft-Benson, research affiliate, are the co-PIs.

In addition to KU, the institutions that will work together to expand and improve data quality within the FishNet network are the Academy of Natural Sciences, the California Academy of Sciences, Cornell University, the Field Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, Tulane University, the University of Florida, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Austin.