AMPHIBIAWEB

Partners and Projects Related to AmphibiaWeb

AmphibiaWeb's partners are other organizations that share the goal of providing access to data on amphibian biology and conservation, in order to address the growing problem of global amphibian decline.
Link to VertNet Link to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Link to Fonozoo Link to iNaturalist

AmphibiaWeb and its staff are involved in several projects that share similar overarching goals:

Living amphibians comprise about 5500 species or 20% of extant tetrapods. In the last 20 years the number of recognized living amphibian species has increased by 36%; the rate of discovery of new species exceeds that of any other vertebrate group. AmphibiaTree is a community-based research effort, with the goal of creating a comprehensive tree of all amphibians. The vision is not simply a skeletal branchwork, but also a tree heavy with foliage and inflorescence, rich in hue and texture. That is, we seek insights about evolutionary history through integrative studies from a range of data.
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international organisation that is working to make the world's biodiversity data accessible anywhere in the world. GBIF's members include countries and international organisations who have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that they will share biodiversity data and contribute to the development of increasingly effective mechanisms for making those data available via the Internet. Facilitating digitisation and global dissemination of primary biodiversity data, so that people from all countries can benefit from the use of the information, is the mission of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
HerpNET is a collaborative effort by institutions in the United States, Canada and Mexico to establish a network between databases of herpetological collections, funded by the National Science Foundation. Currently, 37 institutions are participating in the HerpNET community, with the vision that more institutions will join once the project is established. The mission of HerpNET is to bring the accumulated knowledge from museum collections into currency for science and society by creating a distributed database with access from various portals. HerpNET will connect large repositories of information with smaller collections that have regional specializations. Similar efforts (e.g. MaNIS, FishNet, MaPSTeDi) have been accomplished for other taxa or regions and the herpetological community is poised to make its own contribution to the study of biodiversity. HerpNET will further advance the biodiversity informatics tools available for biodiversity and environmental science, and will educate the next generation of biodiversity scientists. It will bring together scientists from diverse institutions and offer the opportunity to cross train in information technology, natural history collections, systematics and biodiversity science in general.