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E.O. Wilson and Todd Witcher Interview with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper March 22, 2012

E. O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard and Todd Witcher, Director of Discover Life in America interview with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

"The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park began in 1998 and is still going strong. To date, biologists have identified over 7000 species in the Park, with more than 900 species that are new to science. Discover Life in America, the non-profit overseeing the inventory, is holding its annual conference in Gatlinburg with keynote speaker E.O. Wilson. Wilson is a naturalist and Harvard professor who began his graduate work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Wilson and with Todd Witcher, Director of Discover Life in America. Witcher says the ATBI in the Smokies has become a model for projects just like it all over the world..."


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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.

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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.

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