Some species are easily misidentified because they appear very similar to other species. Affecting large biodiversity repositories, such as GBIF, how can such misidentifications be corrected without having to go through millions of records?
The European Union created Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) to protect 900 named species on sites managed to support their ecological needs. However, agricultural land use is permitted in these areas, raising the question of pesticide impact on the protection targets.
Studies have shown that invasive alien species (IAS) are responsible for a fifth of animal extinctions for which the causes are well-known, but are invasive species a treat to global biodiversity? In this paper, researchers assessed the spatial and taxonomic relationship between IAS and threatened vertebrates worldwide.
Cargo ships transport an estimated 10,000 marine species in ballast water worldwide. This study uses 22,550 GBIF-mediated occurrences to predict the spread of 18 non-indigenous species (NIS) along shipping routes.
The Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Aichi Target 19 provides a specific mandate for developing and sharing an advanced biodiversity knowledge base. While the GBIF network has collected hundreds of millions of records, gaps and biases do remain.
Bumblebees are important global providers of ecological services. This study used more than 360,000 GBIF-mediated occurrence records from Europe and North America to evaluate the impacts of climate change on the future of the bumblebee.
Combining GBIF-mediated occurrences with data from a novel database, the Global Naturalized Alien Flora (GloNAF), this study seeks to identify and quantify the spread and distribution of naturalized plant species worldwide.