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Brody Steven Sandel

Plant‐O‐Matic: a dynamic and mobile guide to all plants of the Americas

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  • Greogory R. Goldsmith, Ocotea Technologies LLC, Newton, MA, USA, Ecosystem Fluxes Group, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland, Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK., USA
  • Naia Morueta Holme, Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
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  • Brody Steven Sandel
  • Samuel. D. Fitz, Ocotea Technologies LLC, Newton, MA, USA, USA
  • Brad Boyle, University of Arizona, IPlant Collaborat, USA
  • Nathan Casler, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, USA
  • Kristine Engemann Jensen
  • Peter M. Jørgensen, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, USA
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  • Nathan J. B. Kraft, University of Maryland, Univ Maryland, University System of Maryland, University of Maryland College Park, Dept Biol, USA
  • Brian J. McGill, School of Biology and Ecology/Sustainability Solutions Initiative, University of Maine, USA
  • Robert K. Peet, University of North Carolina, Univ N Carolina, University of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Dept Biol, USA
  • William H. Piel, Natl Univ Singapore, National University of Singapore, Yale NUS Coll, Danmark
  • Nick Spencer, Landcare Trust, Landcare Res, Landcare Research - New Zealand, New Zealand
  • Jens-Christian Svenning
  • Barbara Thiers, New York Botanical Garden, New York Bot Garden, USA
  • Cyrille Violle, CNRS, CNRS, CIRAD, Languedoc-Roussillon Universities, Universite Montpellier, Universite Paul-Valery Montpellier 3, PSL Research University Paris, Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Ctr Ecol Fonct & Evolut, UMR 5175, Frankrig
  • Susan K. Wiser, Landcare Research, New Zealand
  • Brian J. Enquist, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona / The Santa Fe Institute, USA
Advances in both informatics and mobile technology are providing exciting new opportunities for generating, disseminating, and engaging with information in the biological sciences at unprecedented spatial scales, particularly in disentangling information on the distributions and natural history of hyperdiverse groups of organisms.
We describe an application serving as a mobile catalog of all of the plants of the Americas developed using species distribution models estimated from field observations of plant occurrences. The underlying data comprise over 3·5 million standardized observations of over 88 000 plant species.
Plant-O-Matic, a free iOS application, combines the species distribution models with the location services built into a mobile device to provide users with a list of all plant species expected to occur in the 100 × 100 km geographic grid cell corresponding to the user's location. The application also provides ancillary information on species’ attributes (when available) including growth form, reproductive mode, flower color, and common name. Results can be searched and conditionally filtered based on these attributes. Links to externally sourced specimen images further aid in identification of species by the user.
The application's ability to assemble locally relevant lists of plant species and their attributes on demand for anywhere in the Americas provides a powerful new tool for identifying, exploring, and understanding plant diversity. Mobile applications such as Plant-O-Matic can facilitate dynamic new approaches to science, conservation, and science education.
TidsskriftMethods in Ecology and Evolution
Sider (fra-til)960-965
StatusUdgivet - 1 aug. 2016

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