ATBI Conference 2013- 15 Years of Discovery-March 21 - 23, 2013

ATBI Conference 2013- 15 Years of Discovery-March 21 - 23, 2013

We are proud to announce the 2013 Conference of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI), presented by Discover Life in America. The purpose of this conference is to highlight the research, conservation and educational efforts being made to understand, manage and restore the unique biological diversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and beyond. In response to growing interest in the national ATBI movement, the scope of our meeting has been broadened to include representatives from across the region, continent and world.

Dr. Dinerstein

We are thrilled to have Eric Dinerstein, Vice President and Lead Scientist for World Wildlife Fund as our keynote speaker.   Eric’s new book, The Kingdom of Rarities, will be released in early 2013.


You are invited to join us in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for Discover Life in America’s 2013 ATBI Conference: “Celebrating 15 Years of Discovery.

Please consider presenting a paper, sharing your expertise in biodiversity and outreach, or being an active guest. We invite proposals for presentations, posters, and for science, education and /or technology workshops on a broad array of topics pertinent to our professional community.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is considered to be one of the most biodiverse places in North America. It is here, in the midst of immense species richness, that Discover Life in America (DLIA) conducts an ongoing project to inventory the estimated 60,000-80,000 species of living organisms within the Park boundaries. In addition to basic inventory, the project emphasizes development of checklists, reports, maps, databases, GIS tools, and natural history profiles describing the biology of this rich landscape to a wide audience. While the species level of biological diversity is central to the ATBI, the project emphasizes exploration of “All Taxa” in the broader context of ecological, conservation and genetic relationships. Due to these interdisciplinary aspects of their biodiversity research, DLIA invites 2013 conference participants to present broadly on a variety of topics related to the goals of the ATBI. These may include:

  • Studies of Great Smoky Mountains taxa
  • Biodiversity studies of other National Parks and protected areas
  • Role of biodiversity research in conservation and education
  • Species inventory and climate change
  • The human footprint and change to biodiversity and community composition
  • Application of technology, communication, and education in general biodiversity research

Please share this email with your colleagues, partners, students—anyone actively involved in biodiversity science, education and conservation!

Abstracts (250 words) are due by March 1, 2013

Submit your presentation proposal today by emailing the DLIA office:

For further information, please contact our office at 865-430-4756 or email Todd P. Witcher (

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