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At the core of IBOY is a diverse portfolio of research, informatics, and education and outreach projects that address the questions:

 1. What biodiversity do we have and where is it?

 2. How is it changing?

 3. What goods and services does it provide?

 4. How can we conserve biodiversity?

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What biodiversity do we have and where is it?
 Project Title  Principal Investigator(s) and 
Institutional Affiliation
Assembling the Tree of Life M. Donoghue, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University and J. Cracraft, Dept. of Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History (email)
Biodiversity in Deep-sea Chemosynthetic Communities Cindy Lee Van Dover, Biology Department, College of William and Mary (email)
Biosphere Resources for Inventorying and Monitoring Roger Soles, US State Department (website)
Charting and Documenting the World’s Ants and Social Wasps Donat Agosti, American Museum of Natural History (website)
DIVA: Latitudanal gradients of bioidversity in the deep sea of the Atlantic Ocean J. Waegele, Ruht-Universitat Bochum, Lehrstuhl fur Spezielle Zoologie (email, website)


M. Collins, World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Exploration and conservation of anchialine faunas T. Iliffe, Texas A & M, G. Boxshall, Natural History Museum, UK (email, website)
Frogwatch USA Amy Goodstine and Sam Droege, USGS (email, website)
Insect@thon 2001-2002: Contributions to Biodiversity Information Networks Joris Komen, National Museum of Namibia (email, website)
Inventory of the caterpillars, their parasitiods, their food plant, and their gut microbes in a Costa Rican tropical dry forest, cloud forest and rainforest Daniel Janzen, University of Pennsylvania (website)
MACROFAUNA: An Endangered Resource in a Changing World P. Lavelle, Laboratoire d/Ecologie des Sols Tropicaux, Univ. Paris VI/IRD (email, website)
Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) F. Grassle, Institute of Marine and Coastal Science, Rutgers University (email, website)
Ocean Oasis: A story of the unbreakable bonds between a parched land, a rich sea, and the people who love them both Michael Hager, San Diego Natural History Museum (website
Prokaryote survey of major habitats on Earth  J. Fuhrman, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California (email)
SAFRINET Connal Eardley, Plant Protection Research Institute(website, email)
Species 2000: Indexing the world's known species F. Bisby, Centre for Plant Diversity and Systematics, University of Reading
(Species 2000 email, website)
Survey of stickleback parasite biodiversity D. Marcogliese, St. Lawrence Centre, Environment Canada, Quebec, Canada. (email, website)
Television Trust for the Environment: Earth Report  Robert Lamb, TVE (website)
WOMAD Tour: World Music and Dance Concert Tour Ivan Hattingh, WWF-UK (website)
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How is biodiversity changing?
 Project Title Principal Investigator(s) and Insitutional Affliation
AmphibiaWeb: An information system for amphibian conservation biology.
David Wake, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley (email, website)
ARKive: A digital library of endangered species Harriet Nimmo, Wildscreen Centre, Bristol, UK (email, website)
BIOMARE - Implementation and Networking of large-scale, long-term marine biodiversity research in Europe
Carlo Heip and Herman Hummel, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (website)
Biodiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis in Africa (BIOTA AFRICA) Norbert Juergens, Botanical Institute and Botanical Garden, University of Hamburg (email, website)
Committee on Recently Extinct Organisms (CREO): A preliminary list of recently extinct species Ian Harrison and Ross MacPhee, American Museum of Natural History (email, website)
Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force (DAPTF) Tim Halliday, The Open Univ.; James Hanken, Harvard Univ. (email, website)
Detecting Environmental Change: Science and Society July 16-20, 2001, London Terry Parr, Center for Ecology and Hydrology; Rick Battarbee, Env. Change Research Network, Univ. College (website)
DIWPA-IBOY - Biodiversity Assessment Program in the Western Pacific and Asia Region H. Kawanabe, T. Nakashizuka, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (email, website)
DYNAMO: Dynamics of Biodiversity: Ostracods as models in freshwater ecosystems Koen Martens, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (email)
GROMS: Global Register of Migratory Species K. Riede, Zoological Research Institute and Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), Bonn, Germany (website, email)
Impacts of Biological Invasions on ecosystem function and its economic valuation Mark Lonsdale, CSIRO, Australia (email, website)
Recovery of coral reef biodiversity following bleaching: International Coral Reef Observation Year  J. Ogden, Florida Institute of Oceanography, USA (email) & T. Done, Australian Institute of Marine Sciences
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What goods and services does biodiversity provide?
 Project Title  Principal Investigator(s) and  Institutional Affiliation
Biodiversity: Its Importance to Human Health Eric Chivian, Harvard Medical School; Robert Bos, World Health Organization (email)
Biodiversity 911: Saving Life on Earth Judy Braus, WWF-US (website)
Catalog of the wild relatives of the world's crops V. Heywood, Centre for Plant Diversity and Systematics, School of Plant Sciences, University of Reading, UK (email)
FLUXNET : The metabolic diversity of terrestrial ecosystems D. Baldocchi, University of California at Berkeley (website)
GLIDE - Global Litter Invertebrate Decomposition Experiment Diana Wall, Colorado State University (email, website)
GTOS-NPP: Global Terrestrial Observing System-Net Primary Production Bob Scholes, CSIR (website)
Lost Worlds: an IMAX film on biodiversity and conservation Directed by Bayley Silleck (website)
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Walter Reid, World Resources Institute (website)
OUTREACH - Biodiversity Series - Information for Educators and Communicators James Connor (Contact, Gillian Dorfman) (website)
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How can we conserve biodiversity?
 Project Title  Principal Investigator(s) and 
Institutional Affiliation
The African Pollinator Initiative Connal Eardley, Plant Protection Research Institute(website, email)
Conserving and Increasing Use of Neglected and Underutilized Crop Species Stefano Padulosi, International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (email, website)
DNA Banks for endangered species Oliver Ryder, Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species, A. McLarenWellcome/CRC Institute of Cancer and Developmental Biology, UK (website)
Indigenous Honeybees in the Himalayas: A Community Based Approach to Conserving Biodiversity and Increasing Farm Productivity Farooq Ahmad, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (email, website)
Integrated Conservation Biology Curriculum Materials for Tropical Countries James Gibbs, Eleanor Sterling, American Museum of Natural History (email, website)
LITUS - Interactions of biodiversity, productivity and tourism on sandy beaches M. Vincx, University of Gent, Belgium; Jan Marcin Weslawski, Polish Academy of Sciences(website)
Sacred Gifts for a Living Planet Martin Palmer, Alliance for Religion and Conservation (website)
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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.

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