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Photodocumentation_of_Antarctic_Peninsula_Lichens

Latest version published by Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility (ANTABIF) on Dec 2, 2016 Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility (ANTABIF)

As part of the Antarctic Site Inventory (e.g. Lynch et al. 2012, Naveen and Lynch 2011), we have developed a database and gathered photographic information on lichen richness for sites that are frequently visited by tourists on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Data Records

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Casanovas, P.; Lynch H.J.; Naveen, R. and Fagan, W.F. Understanding lichen diversity on the Antarctic Peninsula using parataxonomic units as a surrogate for species richness. In Review in Ecology.

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility (ANTABIF). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: a2e308bf-e9ec-4651-906e-956c963df0ca.  Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility (ANTABIF) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.

Keywords

Antarctic Peninsula; lichens; parataxonomic units; citizen science; detectability.; Occurrence

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Paula Casanovas
University of Maryland 3205 Bio-Psych building 20742 College Park Maryland US 3015479899
http://www.clfs.umd.edu/biology/faganlab/people/casanovas.html

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Paula Casanovas
University of Maryland 3205 Bio-Psych building 20742 College Park Maryland US 3015479899
http://www.clfs.umd.edu/biology/faganlab/people/casanovas.html

Who filled in the metadata:

Paula Casanovas
University of Maryland 3205 Bio-Psych building 20742 College Park Maryland US 3015479899
http://www.clfs.umd.edu/biology/faganlab/people/casanovas.html

Who else was associated with the resource:

Author
Paula Casanovas
University of Maryland 3205 Bio-Psych building 20742 College Park Maryland US 3015479899
http://www.clfs.umd.edu/biology/faganlab/people/casanovas.html
Author
Heather Lynch
Associate Professor
Stony Brook University 113 Life Sciences Bldg, Ecology & Evolution Department 11794 Stony Brook New York US
http://lynchlab.com/
Author
Ron Naveen
Founder and President
Oceanites Inc P.O. Box 15259 20825 Chevy Chase Maryland US
http://www.oceanites.org/
Author
William Fagan
Professor
University of Maryland 3205 Bio-Psych building 20742 College Park Maryland US
http://www.clfs.umd.edu/biology/faganlab/

Geographic Coverage

Antarctic Peninsula

Bounding Coordinates South West [-68.84, -73.28], North East [-58, -41.33]

Taxonomic Coverage

lichens (parataxonomy)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date 2011-11-10

Project Data

No Description available

Title Understanding lichen diversity on the Antarctic Peninsula using parataxonomic units as a surrogate for species richness
Funding US National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs (Award No NSF/OPP – 739515). NASA headquarters under the NASA Earth and Space Fellowship Program – grant NNX10AN55H.
Study Area Description Antarctic Peninsula (including the South Shetland Islands)
Design Description Expert collection of specimens in the field and further determination of species is the best method for determining species richness. However, the relative paucity of botanists working in Antarctica makes this approach impractical for broad-scale surveys of Antarctic floral biodiversity. Lichens are the dominant macrophytes of terrestrial Antarctica and, as such, play a fundamental part of the ice-free terrestrial ecosystem. Many distinct ice-free terrestrial habitats in the Antarctic are not represented in the current network of Antarctic protected areas. However, it is difficult to identify appropriate areas for conservation because comprehensive data on distributional patterns of Antarctic flora are not available, and existing data for most Antarctic lichen species are not compiled. Consequently, cost-effective survey methods and surrogates for the prediction of species richness are needed to accelerate assessments of local biodiversity and help select areas for conservation. A combination of a photographic “citizen scientist” approach for the collection of data, and the use of parataxonomic unit (PU) richness as a surrogate for species richness, might be a possible solution to effectively collect preliminary information and rapidly build databases on species diversity. We have developed a database and gathered photographic information on lichen occurrences for sites that are frequently visited by tourists. We test the identification capabilities with a reference dataset of Antarctic lichen images from the U.S. National Herbarium, and showed that all species used in this test can be detected, and that for 74% of the images, all classifiers were able to identify the genus of the specimen. Twenty-nine sites were photographically surveyed by researchers and tourists between 2009/10 and 2011/12 in the Antarctic Peninsula region. We estimated PU richness as a proxy for species richness for each of the 29 sites surveyed, and provide two examples of potential applications. These surveys provide preliminary information for identifying areas for protection and priorities for future research. More detail will be available at "Understanding lichen diversity on the Antarctic Peninsula using parataxonomic units as a surrogate for species richness", data Paper accepted in Ecology.

The personnel involved in the project:

Author
Paula Casanovas

Collection Data

Collection Name Antarctic Peninsula lichen photodocumentation
Collection Identifier citizen scientists
Parent Collection Identifier Antarctic Site Inventory
Specimen preservation methods No treatment
Curatorial Units Count 1,762 +/- 0 digital specimens (from photographs)

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers a2e308bf-e9ec-4651-906e-956c963df0ca
http://ipt.biodiversity.aq/resource?r=antarctic_peninsula_lichens