Biodiversity is being rapidly eroded by the natural resource demands and activities of increasing human populations. These activities reduce the number of species, potentially useful genes, and key services provided by ecosystems.
To manage biodiversity, we need basic knowledge about species and ecosystems. The specimen collections maintained by natural history museums contain the most fundamental of all information about biodiversity: what occurs where.
By integrating museum biodiversity data with modern geographic tools, natural history museums have a novel approach for contributing to the informed management of our planetís biological resources. At CBRI, these efforts can be summarized as Biodiversity Mapping.
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