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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.


Jane Silverthorne
Deputy Assistant Director
National Science FoundationDirectorate for Biological Sciences
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
22230 ArlingtonUnited States+1 (703) 292-7171
Head of Delegation
Scott Edwards
Division Director for BIO/Division of Biological Infrastructure
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology,
Harvard University,
26 Oxford Street
02138 Cambridge, MAUnited States+1 617 384 8082
Additional Delegate
Michael Frame
U.S. Geological Suvery
Biological Informatics
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
MS 302,
VA 20192 RestonUnited States+1 703 648 4164
Additional Delegate
Gerald “Stinger” Guala
U.S. Geological SurveyU.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 302
20192 Reston, VAUnited States+1-703-648-4311
Additional Delegate
Leonard Krishtalka
Director and Professor
University of KansasBiodiversity Institute
Dyche Hall, Room 602B
1345 Jayhawk Blvd

KS 66045-7561 LawrenceUnited States+1 785-864-4540
Additional Delegate
Greg Riccardi
Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication
Florida State University
TallahasseeUnited States850-644-2869
Additional Delegate
Anna Weitzman
Informatics and Botanical Researcher
P.O. Box 37012

DC 20013-7012 Washington, United States+1 202 633 0846
Additional Delegate
Ben Wheeler
United States Geological SurveyU.S. Geological Survey
Room 2527, Bldg 810
MS 302, Denver Federal Center
CO 80225 DenverUnited States+1 303 202 4663
Additional Delegate
Ben Wheeler
United States Geological SurveyU.S. Geological Survey
Room 2527, Bldg 810
MS 302, Denver Federal Center
CO 80225 DenverUnited States+1 303 202 4663
Node Manager

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