Biodiversity Crisis Response and Conservation Resources

From SPNHC Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Statement of Purpose

This page is produced by the Biodiversity Crisis Response Committee as a page of resources of use to collections to showcase how they can be used to address conservation and biodiversity crisis themes as a tool to increase advocacy for collections in general. If you know of any resources that would be of use that we should add, please contact the committee.


Our collections and research contribute directly to regional, national, and international assessments of rare and endangered species, the compilation of checklists, floras and faunas, and taxonomic, phylogenetic, evolutionary, and ecological research. Our collections form a global biodiversity baseline that is critical to tracking and predicting the effects of climate change on people and on the natural world. They are also invaluable in the mitigation of spread of disease and pandemic response. In June 2019, the Biodiversity Crisis Response Committee of SPNHC formed in response to an urgent call to action to prevent the loss of close to one million species in what is being called an international ‘biodiversity crisis’ that will change the face of the planet.


Biodiversity Crisis Response Committee


On October 7, 2020, the committee held the first in a series of panel discussions with conservation experts to consider how the biological collections community can most effectively contribute to protecting biodiversity. A recording of that meeting can be found here:

There was also an article written in the GfBS Newsletter (39:6-9) of the German Society for Biological Systematics introducing the committee and its charge

Other links of interest:

Curating Tomorrow

Global Biodiversity Outlook report

Center for Biological Diversity

Biodiversity Coalition #UnitedforBiodiversity

World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report 2020

Bremerhaven Declaration on the role of Museums in addressing climate change

Museum collections and biodiversity conservation - a new advocacy resource for conservationists, ecologists and museum workers

Conservation Science Alliance and Species 360


Museums are critical infrastructure for studying urban biodiversity - Bell et al. - 2021

BioScience - Natural History Collections: Advancing the Frontiers of Science Collection of papers published in BioScience dealing with collections

Here today, gone tomorrow - Raven & Miller - 2020

Digital biodiversity data sets reveal breeding phenology and its drivers in a widespread North American mammal - McLean & Guralnick - 2020

Natural history collections and the future legacy of ecological research - Salvador & Cunha - 2020

International scientists formulate a roadmap for insect conservation and recovery - Harvey et al. - 2020

Regional Collections Are an Essential Component of Biodiversity Research Infrastructure - Monfils et al. - 2020

Data gaps and opportunities for comparative and conservation biology - Conde, et al. 2019

Integrating herbarium specimen observations into global phenology data systems - Brenskelle, et al. - 2019

Natural history collections as a basis for sound biodiversity assessments - Sampaio, et al. - 2019

Mobilizing the community of biodiversity specimen collectors to effectively detect and document outliers in the Anthropocene - Pearson & Mast 2019

Conservation Focus: New Insights for Conservation from Expansion of Physical-Collection Digital Data - Elwood et al. - 2019

Herbarium specimens can reveal impacts of climate change on plant phenology; a review of methods and applications - Jones & Daehler - 2018

Parasite Collections: Overlooked Resources for Integrative Research and Conservation - Bell et al. - 2018

Biological collections for understanding biodiversity in the Anthropocene - Meineke et al. - 2018

The unrealized potential of herbaria for global change biology - Meineke - 2018

Parasite biodiversity faces extinction and redistribution in a changing climate - Carlson et al. - 2017

Biological collections in an ever-changing world: Herbaria as tools for biogeographical and environmental studies - Lavoie - 2013

One Hundred Questions of Importance to the Conservation of Global Biological Diversity - Sutherland et al. - 2009

The Value of Museum Collections for Research and Society - Suarez et al. - 2004

Natural History Museums in a Postbiodiversity Era - Winker - 2004