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Discover Life in America presents 2019 GSMNP Science Colloquium

Discover Life in America (DLiA) will once again present the Great Smoky Mountains Science Colloquium. The colloquium is co-hosted by DLiA and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This annual event highlights the research, conservation and education efforts being made to understand, manage and restore the unique biological diversity in the Smokies and beyond.

The event will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg. Admission is free.

Scientists consider the GSMNP to be one of the most biodiverse locations in North America. In the midst of such species richness, DLiA conducts an ongoing project to inventory all species that exist in the park. The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) seeks to catalog the estimated 60,000-80,000 species living in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The project continues to develop reports, maps, databases, GIS tools, and natural history profiles that describe the biology of this rich landscape. These tools enhance park management and provide information to a wide audience in an effort to promote science and conservation of biodiversity.

Research partners will present on a variety of topics of research in the park, including:

• the effects of the 2016 Chimney Tops fire on life in the park,

• an exploration of the park’s vegetation communities,

• ongoing research investigating nuisance black bears and hogs,

• understanding how climate change is affecting the park’s fish,

• salamanders and dung beetle species in the park, and more.

A special workshop will be held this year from 3:00 to 4:00 PM to introduce Species SnapIt & MapIt, a program designed to engage citizen scientists to help map the species of the Smokies using their smartphone. This workshop is free and open to anyone who wants to learn more about the biodiversity of the Smokies and help with this fun project.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit dlia.org.

Published March 5, 2019



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