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Harvard University Contributions to EOL

Last updated about 1 year ago

In this collection you will find examples of contributions to EOL by Harvard collections, museums, faculty and students. In addition, please view contributions to EOL by Harvard affiliates through EOL partners:


MCZBase

The Museum of Comparative Zoology's ten research collections, representing approximately 21 million living and fossil inveterate and vertebrate specimens, are continuously working to capture new and historical specimen records into MCZbase, a database of zoological collections which serves data and images through the EOL portal. To learn more about this effort and to search the database visit MCZbase.


Harvard University Botany Libraries

Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology

These libraries are members of the Biodiversity Heritage Library Consortium (BHL), an effort to digitize literature and make it available through EOL.


Harvard Museum of Natural History Africa Hall Exhibit

The Harvard Museum of Natural History shares content from their Africa Hall exhibit through an EOL Education LifeDesk.


African Amphibians LifeDesk, Dr. Breda Zimkus, EOL Fellow

The goal of this project is to develop an authoritative, community-driven resource for information on African amphibians. This LifeDesk will feeds content directly into the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) and AmphibiaWeb.


Sipuncula LifeDesk, Dr. Gisele Y. Kawauchi, EOL Fellow

This project would like to make available scientific knowledge to an audience interested in this little-known marine invertebrate offering descriptions, images and links to relevant literature.


Salamanders of China LifeDesk, Yunke Wu

This project will provide detailed information on taxonomy, morphology, geographic distribution and life history of Chinese salamanders along with high-quality images. All content on the Taxon Page is shared with Salamanders of the Old World (http://science.naturalis.nl/salamanders) and will eventually also be shared with the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) and AmphibiaWeb.


OEB 54: Biology of Fungi

Taught by Anne Pringle and Donald Pfister

Students created species accounts through Mushroom Observer.


OEB 167: Herpetology, Spring 2008 and 2010

Taught by James Hanken and Jonothan Losos

Students created species accounts through AmphibiaWeb(2008) and EOL's Education LifeDesk (2010)


OEB 130: Patterns & Processes in Fish Diversity

Harvard students in OEB 130: Patterns & Processes in Fish Diversity each developed a taxon page to represent the fish species they selected. Professor: George V. Lauder Teaching Fellows (2010): Erin Blevins & Jeanette Lim.


EOL Field Guides

Using the EOL Field Guide tool, field guides with EOL content have been created based on Harvard projects and events:


  1. Harvard Yard Field Guide
  2. Harvard Museum of Natural History Africa Hall Field Guide

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    Harvard Yard

    44 items; maintained by Marie Studer

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    MCZ resource

    154698 items; maintained by MCZCollections

    Data and images from the ten research collections of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.

    To view complete specimen data, visit MCZBASE:The Database of the Zoological Collections at the Museum of Comparative Zoology - Harvard University.

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    Salamanders of China

    709 items; maintained by Yunke Wu

    This Lifedesk serves the purpose of introducing salamanders that are endemic to or have their distributions in China. The content covers conservation, morphology, genetics, ecology and systematics of each species listed. The information can be used by professional researchers as well as amateurish hobbyists.

    This Lifedesk was created by Harvard University graduate student, Yunke Wu. His research focuses on the systematics of Chinese salamanders.

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History Africa Hall

    100 items; maintained by Marty Christiansen

    Exhibit text and images from the Harvard Museum of Natural History (Cambridge, MA, USA) Africa Hall, installed fall 2010.

    Visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History website.

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    E.O. Wilson Podcast

    2 items; maintained by eoleducation and Marie Studer

    Renowned evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson has spent his long career cracking the code of ants. It’s the ants’ ability to communicate and form tight-knit societies that lies behind their extraordinary evolutionary success. Ari Daniel Shapiro visits Wilson in his office at Harvard to learn the nature of the ants’ special language—and what’s in an ant’s name.

    Listen to an extended interview with E.O. Wilson here.

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    Sipuncula LifeDesk

    900 items; maintained by Gisele Kawauchi

    Given the lack of specialists with knowledge on this group of marine invertebrates and the difficulty in finding specific bibliographic material, it is important to provide taxonomic resources for minor-phyla such as Sipuncula. The small size of the phylum Sipuncula gives us the opportunity to provide information on all species in this phylum. The EOL website will provide the first online database assembling pictures of sipunculan worms combined with information on systematics, biology and evolution. EOL species pages would allow immediate and free access of this information for students and researchers interested in Sipuncula, helping them with identifications and relevant information.

    This Lifedesk was created by Gisele Kawauchi, an EOL Rubinstein Fellow at Harvard University.

    Visit the Sipuncula LifeDesk.

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    African Amphibian Lifedesk

    5116 items; maintained by Breda Zimkus

    The African Amphibian Lifedesk is an authoritative, community-driven resource for information on African amphibians. The website serves as a gateway for contributors to submit information regarding African amphibian species, including writing and editing species pages, uploading images and maintaining bibliographic resources.


    This Lifedesk was created by Dr. Breda Zimkus, an EOL Rubinstein Fellow at Harvard University.

    Visit the African Amphibian LifeDesk.

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    OEB130_2010

    214 items; maintained by OEB130

    Harvard students in OEB 130: Patterns & Processes in Fish Diversity each developed a taxon page to represent the fish species they selected. Professor: George V. Lauder Teaching Fellows (2010): Erin Blevins & Jeanette Lim. Last indexed August 19, 2011.


    Learn more at the Lauder Lab

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    Lichen Podcast

    2 items; maintained by eoleducation and Marie Studer

    Most of us walk past lichen-covered rocks, splotched with grays, greens, and golds, without giving them a closer look. Ari Daniel Shapiro visits with Harvard University mycologist Anne Pringle and graduate student Benjamin Wolfe to learn about these amazing symbiotic organisms, formed when a fungus partners with an algae. Each lichen can host an entire microcosm, a microbial landscape teeming with life. These worlds-within-worlds are proving an invaluable tool for scientists studying our changing landscapes.


    Learn more at the Pringle Lab website.


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    The Harvard University Herpetology Course

    1136 items; maintained by OEB167

    This project is part of OEB 167, a herpetology course taught by James Hanken and Jonathan Losos at Harvard University. Under the guidance of the professors and teaching assistants, students in this course research the biology and natural history of reptile and amphibian species, and then create EOL pages for these species using the EOL Education LifeDesk tool.

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    Vent Worms Podcast

    2 items; maintained by eoleducation

    Host Ari Daniel Shapiro and Harvard biologist Colleen Cavanaugh dive deep to discover a white worm as tall as your refrigerator that breathes through bright red feathery “lips.” This isn’t a creature from outer space. Meet Riftia, a tube worm that lives in deep-sea vents, and learn the surprising lessons this denizen of the abyss is teaching scientists about life on Earth.