IBOY Symposium at the 2002 AAAS Annual Meeting and Science Innovation Exposition
Leaders of six IBOY projects will present their latest findings at the
symposium Biodiversity Science and Global Research: The International
Biodiversity Observation Year, February 15, 2002, at the American Association
for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting and Science Innovation,
Biodiversity loss is the quintessential global problem with local loss
of biodiversity having regional and global impacts. Recognition of the
interconnections between biodiversity, ecology, and economics at local
and global scales represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of
the world. This symposium demonstrates how IBOY projects are gathering
data from across disciplines and scales to advance knowledge and conservation
Dr. Richard Mack will report the latest findings on the rate of spread,
geographic extent and impact of alien plants, part of the project Impact
of Biological Invasions. Dr. Walter Reid will describe the initial progress
and findings of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a four-year, international
scientific assessment of the consequences of ecosystem change for human
well-being and the response options for addressing undesired change. Dr.
Oliver Ryder will examine the role of DNA research in biodiversity monitoring,
assessment and conservation, and report the progress of a global initiative
to develop DNA Banks for Endangered Species. Dr. David Wake will report
on AmphibiaWeb, a web-based informatics system aiming to provide accurate
information on the conservation status of every amphibian species. Dr.
Diana Wall will report the preliminary findings of the first world-wide,
multi-network collaborative experiment to assess patterns of litter biodiversity
across biomes and the latitudinal gradient, the Global Litter Invertebrate
Decomposition Experiment (GLIDE). Dr. Thomas Lovejoy will describe the
development of the Amazonia GIS System, an integrative information source
on the environment and development in the Amazon basin. Together, the
presentations provide an overview of diverse efforts that are bringing
add-on value to local-scale data, by compiling it to develop urgently
needed information on large-scale biodiversity patterns and trends, and
innovative approaches to biodiversity conservation.
The latest information from another IBOY Core Network Project, the Ocean Biogeographical Information System (OBIS) will be presented by Dr. J. Frederick Grassle at a separate symposium at the AAAS Annual meeting, The Census of Marine Life: Challenges in Biodiversity, on February 17, 2002.
Last updated December 4, 2002
IBOY took place during 2001 and 2002 and is now completed. Information on the projects, activities and products that took place during IBOY are available on these pages. Many of the projects are still continuing their research and education activities and links to their homepages can be found on the project pages.
For more information on on-going activities of IBOY's parent organization, DIVERSITAS, see http://www.icsu.org/DIVERSITAS