Discover Life in America Will Host the 2018 GSMNP Science Colloquium

DLIA is proud to announce the Great Smoky Mountains Science Colloquium, hosted by Discover Life in America 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 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and beyond.  The event will take place March 22, 2018 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Park Vista Hotel.

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 at the annual GSMNP Science Colloquium on a variety of topics of research in the park. These may include:

  • Fungi- After the Fire
  • Disturbance Initiated Species Dominance
  • Spatial structure of Trillium catesbaei Populations
  • Impacts of Fire on Salamander Populations
  • Hydrology of the Abrams Creek Karst Watershed
  • Black Bears

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