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WG 4.1 – Project Coordination

The Project Coordination working group is responsible for two key areas: – Monitoring the activities and performance of the other Working Groups – mapping their membership, overseeing progress and reporting activities – and monitoring the overall performance of Core Facilities. – Maintaining effective communication within and among Nodes, Working Groups and Core Facilities, scheduling and […]


WG 1.10 – Polar Life

  Chair: Torbjørn EkremNorwegian University of Science and Technology,Trondheim, Norway Vice-chair: Peter Smith Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd, Hamilton, New Zealand Life in the polar regions has evolved in response to the profound cooling that occurred during the Pleistocene. Because these organisms are adapted to low temperatures, global warming […]


WG 1.9 – Terrestrial Bio-Surveillance

Chair: Daniel Janzen, University of Pennsylvania, USA Vice-chair: Brian Fisher, California Academy of Sciences, USA Most of Earth’s biodiversity involves arthropods that live on land. The immense species count, estimated at five million, has impeded acquisition of the detailed information needed to guide decisions on habitat protection in the face of expanding agricultural and forestry […]


WG 1.8 – Marine Bio-Surveillance

Watching over our oceans Chair: Gary SaundersUniversity of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada Vice-chair: Vacant The oceans cover nearly three-quarters of our planet’s surface. Their continuity has impeded the development of new species – 99.99 percent of the world’s surface waters are saline but there are more species of freshwater than marine fishes. Even so, the […]


WG 1.7 – Freshwater Bio-surveillance

Indicators of water quality Chair: Bern SweeneyDirector and President, Stroud Water Research Center, Avondale, USA Vice-chair: Ian HoggDepartment of Biological Sciences,University of Waikato, New Zealand Scattered and unconnected freshwater environments have fostered great species diversity, with many of these species having narrow distributions. Conservation concerns are elevated because human impacts on freshwater habitats are extreme. […]


WG 1.6 – Pollinators

  Chair: Laurence PackerYork University,Toronto, Canada Vice-chair: Fernando Silveira Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil Plant pollination by animal vectors is essential to agriculture. Its global value exceeds $400 billion a year and at least 1 percent of this total is contributed by unmanaged, native pollinators. These numbers don’t account for the incalculable service that […]


WG 1.4 – Animal Parasites, Pathogens & Vectors

Tackling global health threats Chair: Daniel Masiga Research Scientist, Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya Vice-chair: Vacant All eukaryote kingdoms include organisms that impact the well-being of our species. Much human disease and death are caused by protists, fungi and even other animals. Protists are the most virulent as they are responsible for […]


WG 2.3 – Paleobarcoding

A window to the past Chair: Hendrik Poinar,Researcher, McMaster University,Hamilton, Canada Vice-chair: Christian Brochmann,National Centre for Biosystematics, Natural History Museum,University of Oslo, Norway Permafrost deposits are well-known repositories of frozen life and the DNA in these frozen specimens is sufficiently intact to enable the generation of whole genomic sequences. The largest organisms get most of […]


WG 1.3 – Fungi

More than just mushrooms Chair: Pedro Crous CBS Fungal Biodiversity Centre, Utrecht, Netherlands Vice-chair: Keith Seifert, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Ottawa, Canada Fungi have far higher diversity than land plants. There could be more than two million species but this estimate is very tentative because fungal taxonomy is so incomplete (only 50,000 species have been […]


WG 1.2 – Land Plants

Seeds and Shoots Chair: Peter Hollingsworth Genetics and Conservation SectionRoyal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland Vice-chair: De-Zhu LiKunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China No group of organisms has received more detailed taxonomic attention than land plants, but identifications often require both the intervention of specialists and access to specific life stages (e.g. flowers). […]


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