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Ecology & Evolutionary Biology: Data Sources

Covers general resources on biodiversity, ecology, evolutionary biology


Ecology WWW: directory of hundreds of ecology web sites. 

Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity:
repository of ecological datasets and documentation available for download. 

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis:
research center associated with UC Santa Barbara, publications and a repository of datasets collected as part of NCEAS-funded activities.

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species:
USGS database of non-native aquatic biota, including range maps and fact sheets for each species.

Software and Statistics for Ecologists:
directory of online resources related to ecological statistics

eResources: Conservation & Endangered Species

Animal Info & Endangered Species
Accounts of present and historical conservation status of rare and endangered mammal species. 

Conservation Commons
Locate and access conservation-related publications.

Conservation Databases
UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre; includes species, protected areas, national biodiversity profiles.

Endangered Species Bulletin
US Fish and Wildlife Service, updates on endangered species news. issues available in PDFs.

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IUCN Red List: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
maintains the Red List, which summarizes the conservation status of threatened and endangered species worldwide.

NatureServe Explorer
information on plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada, coverage for rare and endangered species.

NOAA Habitat Conservation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration site on protection and restoration efforts for coastal, marine, and riverine habitats.

Special Status Species
CERES (California Environmental Resources Evaluation System) portal to state and federal government information on special status species. 

US Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program
Endangered Species Act species information, laws and polices, and procedural information.


    a registry that identifies and locates online repositories of research data. Over 1,000 data repositories have been cataloged in
  • Dryad
    an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences. Dryad enables scientists to validate published findings, explore new analysis methodologies, repurpose data for research questions unanticipated by the original authors, and perform synthetic studies. Dryad is governed by a consortium of journals that collaboratively promote data archiving and ensure the sustainability of the repository.
  • DataONE
    comprises a distributed network of data centers, science networks and organizations.
  • Ecological Data Wiki A central source for identifying reusable datasets that are useful to the study of ecology. "The idea is to use the collaborative knowledge and effort of the entire ecological community to compile this information rather than relying on each scientist to contribute information for their own studies. Just think of it as the Wikipedia of ecology data."
  • ENVIROnetBASE: Environmental Science Collection
    Research on pollution reduction, emissions, and environmental contamination, providing full-text access to references on methods for site assessment, remediation, and soil and water quality monitoring.
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