Biodiversidata

GBIF data in Latin America

In our recent Data Paper, we showed that Uruguay ranks amongst the countries of Latin America with the lowest levels of available data on their biodiversity in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility GBIF. Also, that most of the records that we found in GBIF belong to the eBird initiative, the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project. The extensive contribution provided by eBird to GBIF highlights the enormous role that data provided by citizens play in the development of global biodiversity datasets, while at the same time, points out the critical taxonomical biases encountered in GBIF for the region.

R Code used for the Biodiversidata Project

As part of my PhD project I have written some scripts for the Biodiversidata Project. This are useful scripts for biodiversity data cleaning, processing and quality controlling. 1) Retrieving Conservation Status and Population Trend (IUCN) The script contains a function that takes a species list as input and returns a dataframe with 3 columns containing Species Name, Conservation Status and Popultaion Trend, according to the IUCN Red List. The run will return the result of the search for each species in the list, printing in the console screen a ‘CHECK’ warning when the species name is not found in the Red List search.

Biodiversidata – Una propuesta de ciencia abierta en Uruguay

La biodiversidad se encuentra en un fuerte proceso de declinación a nivel global, comparable tanto en velocidad como en magnitud a las cinco extinciones masivas previas de la historia de la Tierra. En los últimos 500 años, más de 300 especies de vertebrados terrestres se han extinguido y las poblaciones de las especies restantes muestran un 25% de disminución promedio en la abundancia. Mientras se sucede este proceso conocido como “defaunación del antropoceno” (Dirzo et al.

PhD Project

Macroecological patterns of biodiversity across the Tree of Life: Uruguay as a model region