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Zurqui All-Diptera Biodiversity Inventory (ZADBI)

The Zurqui All-Diptera Biodiversity Inventory (ZADBI), is a 3-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to estimate fly biodiversity within a Costa Rican cloud forest. This effort is based on an international collaboration of fly experts, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the Costa Rican Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio). INBio is also an EOL content partner. ZADBI scientists anticipate the discovery of at least 3,000 species, most of which will be new.

ZADBI and EOL

The ZADBI project will contribute species images, information and educational resources to the Encyclopedia of Life. EOL will share images and content to the ZADBI website for the general public interested in learning more about common fly families.

On this page you will find information, interviews with scientists, educational resources and images related to this project.

ZADBI Resources on EOL

Diptera Families in Zurqui de Moravia Collection.

Scientist Interviews

The Zurqui All Diptera Biodiversity Inventory is in Costa Rica with some of the world's leading entomologists. Click on the thumbnails below to view the videos:

A landmark research project using flies to estimate tropical biodiversity. Find out more about the NSF funded study in Costa Rica.

What is ZADBI?

A landmark research project using flies to estimate tropical biodiversity. 

  Dr.Brian Brown answers questions about the ZADBI project and tropical flies.

ZADBI Q+A

Dr. Brian Brown answers questions about the ZADBI project and tropical flies.

Wendy Porras, a Costa Rican biologist. Available in Spanish with English subtitles.

Diptera Expert 

Interview with Wendy Porras, a Costa Rican biologist and Diptera expert. 

Dr. David Grimaldi from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY. USA,  talks about new findings from the ZADBI Diptera Blitz.

Diptera Blitz

Dr. David Grimaldi talks about new findings from the ZADBI Diptera Blitz.

Dr. Eric Fisher discusses collecting methods and techniques.

Diptera Blitz

Dr. Eric Fisher discusses collecting methods and techniques.

Diptera Blitz

Dr. Steve Marshall discusses what he is looking for, collecting methods and techniques.

Diptera Blitz

Dr.Steve Gaimari focuses on: Therevidae, Lauxaniidae, Chamaemyiidae, Odiniidae.

Educational Resources

Fly ID

Fly Identification

An on-line, interactive guide to common fly families from the ZADBI project.

 ZADBI Curriculum

ZADBI Curriculum

A modifiable lesson plan for middle schoolers to adults. (MS Word)

ZADBI PowerPoint

ZADBI Intro

An introduction to how the ZADBI project works, and how you can replicate it at your school, park, or backyard. (PowerPoint)

D.I.Y. Fly Traps

D.I.Y. fly traps

In this YouTube video you will find step-by-step instructions for replicating ZADBI collection methods at your site.

ZADBI in the News

ZADBI Diptera Blitz on Canal 11-Las Historias

Images 

View images from the field in Costa Rica.