Tags:The Asheville Citizen-Times reports today:
The [All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory] aims to identify and document every species that exists in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ...So far, 915 of the species discovered, like the 18-inch giant earthworm, are new to science. ...
Without necessary funding in the upcoming years, however, the nearly 15-year-long science project funded exclusively through donations and grants could come to a grinding halt. ...
The project requires about $200,000 per year, a figure that includes money distributed as grants to scientists who come to the Smokies to work. ...
Xpress reported on the ATBI here:
Great Smokies: 17,000 species and counting" "An epic biodiversity project in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park plugs away without fanfare or applause. This story from Knoxville's Metro Pulse highlights the excitement of the search, the agony of the lack of interest and funding, the difficulties and the joys of a long-term project to know our mountains."
Great Smokies biodiversity 2012 conference includes keynote by biologist E.O. Wilson: "Registration is open for the 15th annual All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory Conference, hosted by Discover Life in America this coming Spring. The conference will be held over three days - March 22-24, 2012, at the Glenstone Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Although the main focus of the event is the presentation of scientific ATBI research, past conferences have included field trips in the Smokies, nature hikes and photography, fund-raising auctions, book signings and general good times with good friends. The conference is open to scientists, researchers, educators, the press and interested members of the public. World renowned biologist Dr. E.O. Wilson will give the keynote address."Read the full article