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Gomes et al (2018). Scientific Reports 8:1003. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-18927-1
Species distribution models (SDMs) are widely used in ecology and conservation. Presence-only SDMs such as MaxEnt frequently use natural history collections (NHCs) as occurrence data, given their huge numbers and accessibility. NHCs are often spatially biased which may generate inaccuracies in SDMs.
Guevara et al 2017 Ecology and Evolution. Online first. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3481
From a Natural History Point of View the Amazon is still a green unknown world and new species are being discovered at an amazing rate. See this report of WWF that shows that between 2014 en 2015 every two days a news species is being discovered. In two years time 381 new animal and plant species. 216 plants, 93 fishes, 32 amphibians, 20 mammals (2 of which fossils), 19 reptiles en 1 bird.
Antonelli et al 2017. submitted and open for comments.
Hans ter Steege et al (2016) Bol. Mus. Para. Emílio Goeldi. Cienc. Nat. 11: 231-261.
This year the Amazon was the main theme of the NMBE's Museumsnacht held in March (http://www.nmbe.ch/entdecken/veranstaltungen/17/03/museumsnacht-amazonas...).
On this occasion researchers of the museum campaigned to raise money by selling plant fossils for a research project developed in the Amazon Basin and ATDN was chosen.
The year 2017 has been very succesful in terms of new plots for ATDN so far.
Erika Berenguer sent 30 0.25-ha plots from Para, Hernan Castellanos contributed 6 new plots from Venezuela, 9 new plots were sent by José Julio de Toledo and colleagues and finally Luiz Coelho re-identified and digitized 45 older plots from Para, Amazonas and Rondonia (Br).
Our total count for plots with composition stands at 1784!
Thanks all for the new plots and for the new members welcome.
Laurance et al (2017), Biol. Rev. doi: 10.1111/brv.12343
ter Steege et al. Ecology 98: 1444–1454. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1813