about the digitization project

Fossil insects provide a unique deep-time record of ecological and evolutionary response to past environmental changes and therefore are invaluable for understanding the impacts of climate change on the current biodiversity crisis. Given current models of future climate change and the important role that insects play in human society (biodiversity, pests, pollination, vectors of disease) the ability to access these data and make predictions about future insect populations becomes even more urgent. The Fossil Insect Collaborative will make available all the major collections of fossil insect specimens in the United States by creating electronic specimen records consisting of digital images and associated collection data.

The digitized fossil insect collections will be made broadly accessible to the research community, K-16 education, government and industry, the general public, and the media through the project website and a central site integrating all the paleobiological Thematic Collections Networks called iDigPaleo. Mobile apps and activities that allow a wide variety of users to experience and interact directly with the collections data will be developed. This award is made as part of the National Resource for Digitization of Biological Collections through the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections program and all data resulting from this award will be available through the national resource (iDigBio.org).

latest news

Entomological Society of America 2014 Annual Meeting: Fossil Insect Symposium - Sep 04, 2014

Check out the symposium on Fossil Insects at the ESA meeting! Session starts at 8am on November 19th.

Digitization Session at GSA 2014 Vancouver - Sep 04, 2014

Make sure and check out the Geoscience Collections Digitization session at GSA this fall. There will be a full day of talks on Wednesday, October 22nd.

New Pygmy Grasshopper - Sep 04, 2014

A paper by Sam Heads (PI-INHS), Jared Thomas, and Yinan Wang has been published describing a new pygmy grasshopper from the Sanderson amber collection at the Illinois Natural History Survey. Awesome work! Make sure and check out the video narrated by David Attenborough.

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latest blog

Green River Digitization at the UCM - October 31, 2014
If you’ve been following the Fossil Insect Collaborative through social media or as a participant in the digitization project, chances are you’ve seen examples of the specimens being imaged at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (UCM). ...
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Upcoming Events

May 17
SPNHC Annual Meeting Gainesville, FL, United States
Nov 01
Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Baltimore, MD, United States
Nov 15
Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting Minneapolis, MN, United States
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