The mission of Discover Life in America is to discover and understand America's species through science and education for conservation.

Learn more about Discover Life in America

ATBI Conference of 2015 sticky icon

March 19, 2015 - March 21, 2015
Event type: 
Scientific Effort

with keynote speaker Rob Dunn, scientist, author, and professor.  The Annual ATBI Conference highlights the groundbreaking work of Discover Life in America with presentations from world renowned scientists, field trips, teacher and citizen workshops, and much, much more. Stay tuned! As we continue to build the conference agenda, we will keep updating the web links at the bottom.


"Every Living Thing" - named after the title of one of Dr. Dunn's books.

More Conference Information

Researchers from around the world will gather to celebrate the organization’s conservation-based mission, its contribution to the greater scientific community, and its ongoing educational outreach pertaining to the unique biological diversity of GSMNP and beyond. DLIA researchers developed a powerful tool for documenting myriad forms of life within given ecosystems in the 1990s—the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI). Due to interest growing in this tool beyond the GSMNP, organizers expect scientists from around the world to attend the conference.

DLIA Discovery Of Punk Rock Caterpillar, Turns Out To Be Rare Species

Punk Caterpillar

At the request of the park, DLIA has formed  Tree Teams of citizen scientists to sample threatened forest types, in order to discover what species of invertebrates may also be lost  as these forests  continue to decline.   DLIA is a pioneer in using comprehensive approaches to biodiversity sampling, but some tree stand types have not had this sampling. The high elevation American beech tree stands are the first forest type to be sampled by DLIA using a newly developed multi-collection method.

Start 2015 With a Donation Today!

DLIA is funded entirely by donations and grants. Your support today will help keep discovery alive.

Welcome to Superintendent Cash!

DLIA Welcomes GSMNP's new Superintendent Cassius Cash!


Find DLiA Online

Facebook Twitter YouTube

 Don't miss the Smoky Mountains during your Gatlinburg visit.

We are a proud member of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce

Thank You for Coming to the 2014 Salamander Ball

Thanks to all who obeyed the call
To "come one come all to the Salamander Ball"!
Click to see Tinah Utsman's fantastic photos from the Ball!

Thank you for a great 2014 ATBI Conference

Thank you to all who participated in, and attended our annual ATBI Conference of March 2014. We believe it was very profitable: not only for the attendees in general, but for the gathering and collaboration of experts in the field of conservation biology. We were also delighted and enthused by the presence and presentations of our keynote speaker, bat conservationist and author, Dr. Merlin Tuttle.

Thank you Dr. Tuttle!
See Bat Conservation International