January 2011 Newsletter



EOL Letter

January 2011



EOL works to provide global access to knowledge about life on Earth. Learn more at eol.org. 




Meet the 2011 EOL Rubenstein Fellows


The EOL Rubenstein Fellows program provides support for early career-scientists to serve information about the organisms they study through the Encyclopedia of Life. This year’s 16 fellows specialize in a variety of taxonomic areas, ranging from rhododendrons of the world to African birds to flower flies and live everywhere from Russia to Egypt to Colombia. We’re really excited to see their work.



(2011 EOL Rubenstein Fellows L-R, Stijn Cooleman, Elizaveta Ershova, Rebecca Johnson, Francesca Leasi)



Welcome Dr. Erick Mata


Please join us in welcoming EOL’s new Executive Director, Dr. Erick

 Mata. Erick was born and raised in Costa Rica. He graduated with a B.Sc. and a Licenciate in computer science from the University of Costa Rica. He received a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Oregon. His research interests include biodiversity informatics, scientific visualization, and generating and delivering multimedia biodiversity information and knowledge to the general public. 


(Photo courtesy of James Di Loreto)

Eye on Education

Education representatives from six global EOL partners will convene at a meeting in Spring 2011 hosted by the EOL Learning and Education Group to explore opportunities for collaboration on local to international-scale biodiversity learning and educational activities. 


Each global EOL partner provides access to regional and language-specific species information and educational resources relevant to biodiversity learning in their location.  The partners will share best practices to facilitate and strengthen biodiversity learning activities and to leverage worldwide participation in these activities. 



Fly Fanatic


EOL Biodiversity Synthesis Center postdoc Torsten Dikow has created a project site that presents some of his exciting research findings dealing with flower-loving flies (Apioceridae), robber flies (Asilidae), and mydas flies (Mydidae).  He is currently working on a 3 year project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation entitled Phylogeny, revisionary taxonomy & the fossil record of asiloid flies.  Torsten has also published several new species descriptions in the journal ZooKeys, which automatically makes the new species, the descriptions, and distribution information available through EOL. 

(Photo courtesy of Torsten Dikow)

Extra EOL

  • EOL and Conservation Connection:  Learn how EOL content is being used in the Conservation Connection, an online learning network that engages American and Fijian youth in coral reef awareness and education. 
  • EOL in Wired: Read about how taxonomists, the vital scientists who classify, describe and examine the relationships between organisms, may be"going extinct." 
  • EOL on German Radio: Our very own EOL Product Manager, Bob Corrigan, chatted with Germany's Jump Radio about the project and next steps. Listen in. 
  • EOL API: The EOL API lets you embed the functionality of EOL into your own website and tools, helping to make EOL an ingredient in biodiversity applications.  We encourage you to try it and let us know what you think. 
  • EOL Podcasts: Lend an ear and discover the wonders of nature—right outside your back door and halfway around the world. In our newest episode of One Species at a Time, Harvard biologist and early supporter of EOL, Dr. Edward O. Wilson talks to us about ants and their extraordinary evolutionary success. 


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