2013 Science Symposium presentations available

This year's GBIF Science Symposium, titled 'GBIF at work - advancing biodiversity science for a sustainable society', showcases key uses of the data made available through the network.

The 2013 GBIF Science Symposium, held on 9 October 2013 in Berlin, Germany, showcased several uses of data made available through GBIF. The theme of the symposium was 'GBIF at work - advancing biodiversity science for a sustainable society'.

The first presentation, by 2013 Ebbe Nielsen Prize winner Miguel Bastos Araújo, described the influence of global climate change on larger patterns of biodiversity.

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Download presentation 'Why do species occur where they do?'

Following, Michael Diepenbroeck outlined ICSU’s PANGAEA system for acquiring and serving diverse data from the geosciences.

Download presentation 'PANGAEA®, data publisher for earth and environmental science: research data enters scholarly communication'

Julián Ramírez-Villegas used extensive GBIF-based data to examine conservation strategies under present and future climate regimes for biodiversity in general, and wild relatives of food crops in particular.

Download presentation 'Use of GBIF-mediated data for in-situ and ex-situ conservation planning'

Using tree records from the past 12,000 years, Rosane Collevatti shows how species in Neotropical savannas retreated into a patchwork distribution, whereas those in seasonally dry forests expanded their range.

Download presentation 'Coupling paleodistribution modelling and statistical phylogeography to trace the history of Neotropical savannas and seasonally dry forests'

Lilliana Ballesteros-Mejia is concerned with the resolution and knowledge gap in the distribution of the world’s plant and animal species, such as those based on biocollections housed in museums and herbaria and mapped from GBIF-enabled records.

Download presentation 'Online solutions and the ‘Wallacean shortfall’: What does GBIF contribute to our knowledge of species’ ranges?'

Kenneth Feeley demonstrated that tropical plant species in the Andes, Costa Rica and the Amazon, despite their disparate habitats, show climate-driven distributional shifts, and warns of rapid rates of biodiversity loss under future scenarios.

Download presentation 'Running from the heat: Can tropical forests shift their distributions to remain at equilibrium with climate?'