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On the Number of Species

On the Number of Species

Published: Mar 14th, 2018

By Jonathan Spoelhof When reading about biodiversity, it’s common to find a sentence like this: “There are an estimated 352,000 species of flowering plants, or angiosperms1”. It’s also common to […]

Polyploidy and Plant Diversity

Polyploidy and Plant Diversity

Published: Nov 16th, 2017

By Jonathan Spoelhof Where does biodiversity come from? A simple answer would be mutation, which creates the heritable variation that fuels natural selection and other evolutionary forces. However, mutations and […]

Acoustics and Biodiversity

Acoustics and Biodiversity

Published: Oct 7th, 2017

By Jonathan Spoelhof Scientists measure biodiversity in many ways, each of which reveals critical information about the state of biological communities. Regular censuses of plant and animal communities monitor populations […]

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New UF Biodiversity Institute

Published: Mar 27th, 2015

Biodiversity refers to the extraordinary variation of life on Earth. The new UF Biodiversity Institute is accelerating integrative research on biological diversity through novel Big Data solutions.

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From Molecules to Ecosystems

Published: Mar 27th, 2015

UF Biodiversity scientists explore the world’s past and present biodiversity, from molecules to ecosystems, and the relationship of biodiversity to climate change and healthy, sustainable environments.

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Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services

Published: Mar 27th, 2015

Natural biodiversity is fundamentally important to a healthy and sustainable planet and provides ecosystem services – from the flow of fresh water to the pollination of native plants and crops.

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Collections of Biodiversity

Published: Mar 27th, 2015

Natural history collections record spatial patterns of biodiversity through space and time. The Florida Museum of Natural History is home to over 30 million specimens from around the world.

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Training the Next Generation

Published: Mar 27th, 2015

The UF Biodiversity Institute is empowering a new generation of biodiversity scientists, through novel education and outreach activities that link knowledge with conservation and sustainability.

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Biodiversity Partnerships

Published: Mar 27th, 2015

UF Biodiversity science forms the foundation for related programs in journalism, education, economics, and law and for service to stakeholders in the State of Florida and beyond.