Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN): A model for Collections Digitization to Promote Taxon

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Collaborative Research Digitization TCN: Southwest Collection of Arthropods Network (SCAN): A Model for Collections Digitization to Promote Taxonomic and Ecological Research The Southwest Collection of Arthropods Network (SCAN) project will bring together resources from 10 small to large arthropod collections located in the megadiverse but taxonomically underexplored ecoregion of the southwestern United States and adjoining Mexico to create a virtual collection network. In particular, the ASU-SoLS Frank F. Hasbrouck Insect Collection will database and image approximately 100,000 specimens and 3000 species of primarily ground-dwelling arthropods; under the leadership of Drs. Nico Franz, Aaron Smith, and Quentin Wheeler. We will mentor and employ a rotating team of at least five undergraduate students during the three project years in order to achieve this goal. We will use best museum stewardship practices and leading-edge informatics drawing on recent advances in collection cataloging, imaging, networking, and web delivery. We will also (1) design the project front-end website portal, (2) assume a leadership role in coordinating the database network through the Symbiota software, and (3) develop a remote species-level identification pipeline, through a subcontract with Filtered Push project developers at Harvard University. SCAN will usher in a new era of specimen-based biogeographic research in the Southwest by allowing researchers from multiple disciplines to quantify the ecological and evolutionary impacts of climate and land use on key arthropod groups.
Effective start/end date7/1/126/30/16


  • NSF: Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO): $284,613.00


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