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Featured uses of data accessed through GBIF

These are selected examples from the growing body of peer-reviewed research making use of GBIF-mediated data, including descriptions of what types of data were used and how they contributed to the study. Click on 'Related GBIF resources' at the bottom of each example page to see the types of filters available to access data through this portal.

You can find out more about using data through GBIF here, and you can also access a full list of papers citing use of GBIF, extracted from the Mendeley GBIF Public Library.

  • Sierra Madre Oriental, Mexico. By Roy Luck / CC BY 2.0 Using models to inform conservation policies

    Two studies, based on data from GBIF and other sources, define the distribution of the bearded wood partridge, and help inform conservation policy.

    41 records from sources including GBIF
  • Gulf of California. NASA's Earth Observatory. CC BY 2.0 Designing marine protected areas off Mexico

    Researchers look at methods to determine the ideal spacing between protected areas in the Gulf of California, ensuring connectivity based on the distances covered by larvae of fish species identified through GBIF.

    64 regional fish species identified
  • Eastern grey squirrel. By Jed Sheehan. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Shifting niches and invasive species control

    Researchers use data available through GBIF to investigate how species can shift their ecological niches in alien environments – complicating the prediction of invasion risks.

    2997 records of presence used
  • Photo: Forest close to the Mana River at Angoulême, French Guiana. © Wilkinson M, Sherratt E, Starace F, Gower DJ. CC BY 2.5 How important are rare species for ecosystems?

    Research using records available through GBIF, in combination with other data, studies the role of rare and common species in the functioning of ecosystems.

    Records of 662 species through GBIF
  • Brazilian forest reserves in a changing climate

    Study uses GBIF-mediated data to look into the effectiveness of current forest reserves in conserving 16 forest plant species under changing climate conditions.

    Data on 16 forest plant species used
  • A female Centris dedundans on a Brazil nut flower. © M. C. Cavalcante, F. F. Oliveira, M. M. Maués, and B. M. Freitas. CC-BY-3.0 Finding patterns in bee-plant relationships

    Brazilian researchers use data published via GBIF to analyse the impact of climate on interactions between bees and the plants they pollinate.

    Data from 32 publishers through GBIF