Member Status


GBIF Participant since


GBIF Region

North America

Head of Delegation

Jane Silverthorne

Participant Node Manager

Ben Wheeler

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The United States Geological Survey (USGS) hosts the U.S. Node to GBIF since the U.S. joined GBIF in 2001.  The USGS-coordinated National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) served first as the primary implementation vehicle for the node. Since NBII’s cancellation in 2010, the USGS Core Science Analytics, Synthesis and Libraries Program implements the node. The Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) project comprises most node activities.   

Vision and Mission 

The U.S. node to GBIF represents an integral part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s activities to collect, organize and share biological information.  As with other initiatives, the U.S. GBIF node streamlines access to U.S. biodiversity information and links it with broader geoscience data to address critical societal issues.


BISON is the primary project contributing to the node. It provides a specialized view of GBIF records for the U.S. and assists with provision of U.S. records to GBIF.  

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) coordinates EcoINFORMA, a broader U.S. government effort to organize and share data on biodiversity, environmental health and ecosystem services.  

The Biological and Ecological Informatics Working Group is made up of representatives from numerous U.S. government agencies. It helps organize and prioritize contributions to both EcoINFORMA and BISON.

National Funding 

Since establishing the node in 2001, the United States Geological Survey has fully funded direct implementation of the U.S. Node to GBIF as a key contribution to its broader biodiversity informatics activities.

The basic financial contribution to GBIF is made by the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Dr. Jane Silverthorne
Deputy Assistant Director
National Science FoundationDirectorate for Biological Sciences 4201 Wilson Boulevard Arlington 22230
United States+1 (703) 292-7171
Head of Delegation
Dr. Michael Frame
U.S. Geological SurveyBiological Informatics 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive MS 302, Reston VA 20192
United States+1 703 648 4164
Additional Delegate
Dr. Gerald “Stinger” Guala
U.S. Geological Survey12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 302 Reston, VA 20192
United States+1-703-648-4311
Additional Delegate
Martin Kalfatovic
Associate Director
Smithsonian Institution LibrariesNatural History Building 1000 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20560
United States+1 202-633-1705
Additional Delegate
Prof. Leonard Krishtalka
Director and Professor
University of KansasBiodiversity Institute Dyche Hall, Room 602B 1345 Jayhawk Blvd Lawrence KS 66045-7561
United States+1 785-864-4540
Additional Delegate
Mr. Greg Riccardi
School of InformationInstitute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 32306-2100
United States850-644-2869
Additional Delegate
Roland Roberts
Program Director
National Science FoundationBiological Sciences Directorate Division of Biological Infrastructure Room 615 4201, Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22230 USA
United States+1 (703) 292-7884
Additional Delegate
Ms. Anna Weitzman
Informatics and Botanical Researcher
Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural HistoryP.O. Box 37012 Washington, DC 20013-7012
United States+1 202 633 0846
Additional Delegate
Mr. Ben Wheeler
United States Geological SurveyRoom 2527, Bldg 810 MS 302, Denver Federal Center Denver CO 80225
United States+1 303 202 4663
Additional Delegate
Mr. Ben Wheeler
United States Geological SurveyRoom 2527, Bldg 810 MS 302, Denver Federal Center Denver CO 80225
United States+1 303 202 4663
Node Manager

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